The XC40 Recharge will also be the first Volvo to receive over-the-air updates for all on-board software, and it will debut a new Android-based infotainment system that Volvo developed with Google.
Volvo revealed its first fully electric vehicle, a battery-only version of its compact XC40 crossover, called the XC40 Recharge. Volvo will prod adoption along by increasing promotional efforts around electric powertrain tech, starting by offering a year of free electricity with every Recharge plug-in hybrid model. Most plug-in hybrids use the T8 powertrain, which features a turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder aided by a motor to produce at least 400 horsepower. As one of the few electric cars on mixed platforms with combustion engines, the XC40 Recharge will have a "frunk" under the front bonnet - for the charging cable, however, the storage compartment seems only practical to a limited extent, because the charging socket is not located at the front, but instead replaces the tank nozzle above the left rear wheel.
The XC40 recharge also offers a fast-charger system that allows it to reach 80% of its capacity in just 40 minutes. The line will include new models of its hybrids and its series of electrics, which will introduce a new EV each each year between now and 2025. The remaining 50 percent of vehicles, Volvo has committed to hybrid vehicle sales, it said.
"We have said this several times before: for Volvo Cars, the future is electric", Håkan Samuelsson, Volvo chief executive said in a press release. In order to meet the already growing demand for PHEV models, the Swedes want to triple production capacities for electrified vehicles. "So at Volvo Cars we will address what we control, which is both our operations and the tailpipe emissions of our cars".
The first examples are expected to arrive in the United Kingdom in late 2020. We are curious to see what this offer will look like.
The 2021 Volvo XC40 will go on sale later in 2020 and cost more than $55,000, before applicable federal, state, and local incentives.
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