The XC40 Recharge – Volvo’s debut Electric Vehicle
In line with the words publicized by the CEO Hakan Samuelsson that is ‘Going electric is the further of the Volvo cars,’ the automaker has revealed their EV called XC40 Recharge. Based on the Volvo X crossover. The EV version carries a 75-kWh battery, which replaces the four-cylinder internal combustion engines.
The dual-motor power train of the XC40 Recharge is capable of delivering 408 horses and 660 Nm of peak torque, and even allows the vehicle to accelerate from 0 to 100kmph in around 4.9 seconds. Volvo also claims a travel range of 400km in accordance with the WLTP protocols for laboratory vehicle testing. On a fast-charging system, the XC40’s battery can charge around 80% of its full capacity in approx. 40 minutes. Moreover, the EV version retains the complete exterior styling of its IC Engine counterpart, except the closed grille design.
The XC40 EV stands at the forefront to mark the onset of emission-free vehicles from Volvo. The company targets to make fully electric cars to account for 50% of the firm global sales besides the rest of the hybrid models by the year 2025. Also, Volvo has also promised to launch one full-electric model every year, at the time of the subsequent five-year timeline.
Volvo mentioned ‘Recharge’ to the sub-brand name for its series of upcoming full electric and plug-in hybrid automobiles. The auto giant expects to increase the EV production capacity by three folds and the plug-in hybrid models to contribute around 20% of the Volvo market share next year.