Volvo XC40 Recharge – A new electric future


Volvo Cars has released details about its first fully-electric model the Volvo XC40 Recharge. Based on the award-winning XC40 it is the start of Volvo Cars new electrified lineup.

“We have said this several times before: for Volvo Cars, the future is electric,” said Håkan Samuelsson, chief executive. “Today we take a major new step in that direction with the launch of our fully electric XC40 and the Recharge car line.”

Volvo XC4- Recharge on the road

Volvo XC40 Power

By combining two 201bhp electric motors, one mounted on each axle, the XC40 Recharge delivers 402bhp and 487 lb ft of torque. This makes it possible to go from 0-62mph in just 4.9-seconds, while top speed is limited at 112mph as part of Volvo Cars commitment to increase safety behind the wheel.

Thanks to the 78kWh underfloor battery, Volvo Cars claims the car will be capable of 248-miles on a single charge.

When you do need to top-up your power, you’ll be able to charge-up via an 11kW AC charger or a 150kW DC fast-charger. Volvo Cars claims the fast-charger will be capable of delivering 80 per cent charge in 40 minutes.

Volvo XC40 Rehcarge on charge

Practicality

Built on the same Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) as the regular XC40, it is much the same when it comes to dimensions. Although because of the batteries, the ground clearance is slightly reduced in the Recharge model at 175mm compared to the original 211mm. It’s also heavier at a minimum of 2,150kg compared to just 1,497kg for the combustion-engine model.

Similarly, the boot capacity is slightly less at 413-litres instead of 460-litres. However, it gains 31-litres of ‘frunk’ front storage underneath the bonnet, which is pretty handy for keeping delicate items separate.

Volvo XC40 Recharge 'frunk' front storage capacity under the bonnet

Style and Substance

From the outside, Volvo Cars has retained the popular styling of the original XC40 model with small tweaks made where necessary. For example, a sealed fascia replaces the radiator grille and a charging point replaces the traditional fuel cap. It does, however, gain some refined Recharge branding which subtly marks it apart from the conventionally-fuelled model.  

The XC40 Recharge is the first model to feature a new infotainment system powered by Google’s Android operating system. It incorporates Volvo on Call, a digital platform which gives you access to a variety of connected services to make your commute easier and more enjoyable.

Volvo XC40 Recharge interior

All-in-all, the Volvo XC40 Recharge looks set to impress. Managing to offer useful mileage capabilities while retaining the practical features and stylish look of the conventionally-fuelled version, it is sure to be a hit.

Volvo Plan Further Electrification

The release of the Volvo XC40 Recharge is just the first step in Volvo Cars bigger plans for electrification. Setting ambitious targets they plan to make all-electric cars account for 50 per cent of global sales by 2025 and plug-in hybrid to make up 20 per cent of total sales in 2020.

To achieve this Volvo Cars has already developed plans to triple production capacity for electric vehicles. It also has plans in place to release a fully electric car every year for the next five years.

Volvo Cars will also revamp the buying process via their website and aim to make electric cars more prominent by getting customers to first select if they want an electrified car. They also plan to offer financial incentives to encourage people to make the switch.