After weeks of teasing, Volvo has now unveiled the all-electric version of its XC40 SUV, the Volvo XC40 Recharge.
The electric SUV is equipped with a dual-motor powertrain, a range of ‘over 250 miles (400 km)’, and more.
As we reported earlier today, Volvo is launching a new ‘Recharge’ brand for its electric vehicles – starting with their first all-electric car.
The XC40 Recharge is an all-electric version of Volvo’s already widely popular XC40 small SUV.
The Swedish automaker built it on a dedicated modular platform to support an all-electric powertrain.
At the unveiling event today, they confirmed the specs of this powertrain:
- A 78 kWh battery pack for a range of ‘over 250 miles (400 km)’ based on WLTP
- Dual Motor 300 kW powertrain (a 150 kW electric motor on each axle)
- 11 kW onboard charger and 150 kW DC fast-charging capability
- 0 to 60 mp in 4.7 seconds
- Top speed of 112 mph (180 km/h)
Here’s a quick look at the electric powertrain of the Volvo XC40 Recharge:
As the automaker previously announced, the XC40 Recharge is also the first Volvo to be able to receive significant over-the-air software updates.
It is also equipped with an infotainment system powered by Google’s Android.
As for the design, anyone familiar with the gas-powered XC40 will not be surprised, but there are a few changes for the electric version:
The vehicle weighs in at 2150–2250 kg (4,740 to 4,960 lbs) depending on the options and it can tow a trailer with a max weight of 1,500 kg (3,300 lbs).
Håkan Samuelsson, chief executive at Volvo Cars, commented at the unveiling of the vehicle:
“We have said this several times before: 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.”
They haven’t released pricing and availability details yet, but we will update as soon as we have more information.
Volvo XC40 Recharge Exterior Dimensions:
- Length: 442.5 cm
- Width, (incl. mirrors): 203.4 cm
- Height, (incl. shark fin): 165.2 cm
- Track, front: 160.0 cm
- Track, rear: 161.0 cm
- Ground clearance: 17.5 cm
Volvo XC40 Recharge Interior Dimensions:
- Headroom without panorama roof (front/rear) (H61-1/H61-2): 91.1/99.4 cm
- Headroom with panorama roof (front/rear) (H61-1 SR/H61-2 SR): 95.5/97.4 cm
- Headroom maximum, without sunroof (front) (H62-1): 103.0 cm
- Passenger compartment width at shoulder height (front/rear) (W3-1/W3-2): 144.0/142.9 cm
- Leg room (front/rear) (L34/L51-2): 104.0/91.7 cm
- Cargo volume, including under floor storage (V211-2): 413 litres
- Cargo volume, including under floor storage (V214-1): 1,342 litres
- Frunk volume, with Tool kit (EU+RoW): 31 litres
- Frunk volume, with Tool kit (US) WEIGHTS/MISCELLANEOUS: 26 litres
That’s what I’m talking about. There’s a lot to like here.
First of all, it’s a beautiful vehicle. I’d argue that the all-electric version is even more beautiful than the gas-powered version.
The specs are also on point.
I am a little worried about the efficiency though.
At 78 kWh and a usable capacity of 75 kWh, I think the battery pack capacity is perfect, but the vehicle is a little heavy for the size and they are weirdly listing the range as “over 200 miles EPA” and “over 400 km WLTP”.
Either way, I think they will be easily over 200 miles based on the EPA, which is going to be good enough for most people.
Again, I am excited for the electric XC40, but its success is going to be dependent on the price, which we don’t know yet.
I’d love if they could keep it close to $50,000 USD, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s closer to $60,000.
What do you think? Let us know in the comment section below.
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