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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.

Volvo Xc40 Recharge P8 Awd In Glacier Silver,
Volvo XC40 Recharge P8 AWD in Glacier Silver,

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.

Fully Electric Volvo Xc40 Introduces Brand New Infotainment System
Fully electric Volvo XC40 introduces brand new infotainment system

Volvo Cars has been under the ownership of the Zhejiang Geely Holding of China since 2010.

Volvo Xc40 Recharge P8 Awd In Glacier Silver
Volvo XC40 Recharge P8 AWD in Glacier Silver

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