Following a series of sketches last week, Volvo have now officially unveiled their first all-electric car: the Volvo XC40 Recharge. The first of many models to wear the new ‘Recharge’ branding, this milestone car signifies the beginning of Volvo’s serious charge into the world of zero-emission vehicles.
The XC40 Recharge may be the brand’s first zero-emission vehicle but they’ve certainly hit the ground running, equipping their new electric car with a twin motor AWD electric powertrain that’s good for a range of over 250 miles. That highly respectable range comes courtesy of the XC40 Recharge’s 75kWh batteries that can be charged from empty to 80% in just 40 minutes (when connected to a fast charger). The batteries power electric motors that produce the equivalent of 408bhp, 478lb ft of torque and subsequently take the XC40 Recharge from 0-62mph in 4.9seconds.
As demonstrated by the original sketches, styling has remained pleasantly similar to the combustion powered XC40 (why fix what isn’t broken?) with the only real difference being a slightly deeper floor to house the batteries.
As promised, the frunk (front trunk) has made its way onto the real car, meaning that the XC40 Recharge offers front and rear storage for extra practicality.
Following this fantastic new zero-emission XC40, you can expect to see that new ‘Recharge’ name starting to make lots of appearances. Volvo have very openly pledged their commitment to environmental causes, unveiling aims to be a carbon-neutral company by 2040, to have five all-electric models in their range over the next five years and to have 50 per cent of the cars they sell be all-electric by 2025.
The Volvo XC40 is the first model in Volvo’s range to feature a combustion, hybrid and all-electric variant; something you can probably expect from the rest of the range over the next few years. Alongside the performance range available from Polestar, it certainly looks like Volvo are making some serious headway when it comes to electrification!