Volvo Cars has unveiled the XC40 Recharge – its first fully electric car. Its electric all-wheel drive powertrain offers a range of over 400 km (WLTP) on a single charge. The battery charges to 80% of its capacity in 40 mins on a fast-charger system.
This launch forms part of its commitment to all-out electrification and phasing out cars powered only by an internal combustion engine.
Over the next five years, the car maker will launch a fully electric car every year, as it seeks to make all-electric cars 50 per cent of global sales by 2025, with the rest hybrids.
Håkan Samuelsson, chief executive of Volvo Cars, says: “For Volvo Cars, the future is electric. Today we take a major new step in that direction with the launch of our fully electric XC40 and the Recharge car line.”
Recharge will be the overarching name for all chargeable Volvos with a fully electric and plug-in hybrid powertrain.
The XC40 Recharge will also feature an Android-powered infotainment system that is fully integrated with Volvo On Call, the company’s digital connected services platform. Via Volvo On Call plug-in hybrid drivers can track how much time they spend driving on electric power.
Volvo Cars has been under the ownership of the Zhejiang Geely Holding of China since 2010.