The Volvo XC40 Recharge represents the Swedish carmaker's first fully electric vehicle and has the role of opening the way for many more electric vehicles that will represent Volvo's portfolio.
It is based on the small XC40 SUV launched in 2017 by Volvo. The electrification of the model is possible because the original SUV is built on a modular vehicle architecture meant to accommodate a battery pack and an electric motor.
The Recharge lineup consists of Volvo's fully electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles based on the constructor's conventional models. The XC40 represents only the tip of the iceberg that Volvo announces its electric vehicle fleet will be, as the automaker expects that 50 percent of its total vehicle sales by 2025 to consist of electric vehicles.
Instead of the traditional diesel or gasoline engines, the new XC40 Recharge has a fully electric powertrain that provides a power output of 408 hp ( 413 Ps) and enables all-wheel drive.
Although the battery doesn't have a chassis built around it to fully enable it to have a more significant proportion, the modularity of the XC40 enabled the installation of a more than capable battery in the existing space. It offers a range of over 248 miles (400 km), representing a decent range even when using the SUV outside the urban area.
Paired with the constantly growing charging infrastructure, the Volvo can obtain impressive charging times when connected to the right source. For an 80 percent battery charge at a fast-charging station, the vehicle needs to stay plugged in for about 40 minutes.
Although there are no significant changes to the body, the front of the car features a specific front grille covered in the same body color, establishing a noticeable and unique appearance. This design element is made possible due to the reduced requirement for air flow in electric cars, as they require less cooling.
Additionally, the grille serves a functional purpose by housing the sensors for the innovative Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) sensor platform in a compact and organized manner.
Customers can personalize their electric XC40 with a selection of eight exterior colors, including a Sage Green metallic option that pairs well with the contrasting black roof. Furthermore, two new 19 and 20-inch wheels are available as an option.
The vehicle is the first from the Volvo group to have an infotainment system powered by Google's Android operating system. The model will provide information related to the electric part of the car, such as battery percentage and time spent driving since the last charge.
Based on the initial approach, Volvo can reach its goal of becoming a climate-neutral company by 2040. The XC40 Recharge shows that the electrification process can be implemented on an already-built foundation if the steps are taken correctly.
ENGINE SPECS - 78 KWh (408 HP)
|Power:||300.1 KW @ 14000 RPM|
408 HP @ 14000 RPM
402 BHP @ 14000 RPM
|Torque:||487 lb-ft @ 4350 RPM|
660 Nm @ 4350 RPM
|Top Speed:||112 mph (180 km/h)|
|Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph):||4.9 s|
|Drive Type:||All Wheel Drive|
|Length:||174.2 in (4425 mm)|
|Width:||80.1 in (2035 mm)|
|Height:||65 in (1651 mm)|
|Front/rear Track:||63/63.4 in (1,600/1,610 mm)|
|Wheelbase:||106.4 in (2703 mm)|
|Ground Clearance:||0.7 in (18 mm)|
|Cargo Volume:||14.6 cuFT (413 L)|
POWER SYSTEM SPECS
|Nominal Capacity:||75 kWh|
|Maximum Capacity:||78 kWh|
|Charger type:||XC40 Recharge|
|Range:||200 miles (321.9 km)|