Volvo XC40 Recharge electric crossover debuts: 200 miles, all-wheel drive, constantly updated

Volvo XC40 Recharge electric crossover debuts: 200 miles, all-wheel drive, constantly updated

The interior features Volvo's new, Google-powered infotainment system.

After years spent building out its lineup of plug-in hybrids, the Swiss automaker unveiled on Wednesday its first fully electric vehicle, the eagerly anticipated XC40 Recharge SUV.

As for charging, typical Level 1 and Level 2 options will be built in.

The XC40 Recharge and the Recharge auto line are also tangible proof points of the company's ambitious new action plan, also launched today, which represents concrete actions in line with the Paris climate agreement and supports Volvo Cars' ambition to become a climate-neutral company by 2040.

The XC40 Recharge, based on the multi-award-winning and best-selling XC40 small SUV, is the first of a family of fully electric Volvos. Recharging a dead battery to 80 percent will take as little as 40 minutes, and discharging it again can presumably be done just as fast, as the EV puts down 408 horsepower through a twin-motor all-wheel-drive system.

"We have already said this several times: Volvo's future is electric", says Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson. The line will include new models of its hybrids and its series of electrics, which will introduce a new EV each each year between now and 2025.

As we covered in early October, Volvo has also applied its safety-first ethos to the XC40 Recharge, ensuring passenger safety and battery integrity in the event of a collision via a new safety structure for the all-electric Volvo XC40.

Volvo expects significant demand for its electric and hybrid Recharge vehicles, so it is tripling its production capacity to help to reduce delivery times. The company says it will achieve its 2025 goal by reducing tailpipe emissions by 50 percent, its supply chain emissions by 25 percent, and its emissions from manufacturing and logistics by 25 percent. To this end, Volvo Cars is now preparing an offer "designed to reduce individual operating costs and thus further increase sustainability". The hip and charming five-seater isn't just important because of its propulsion system, but also because it's the brand's first-ever electric vehicle.

"We want to offer people the freedom to move in a sustainable way".

While Volvo has yet to make any final details available, it puts the XC40 Recharge's range at 248 miles under European WLTP testing.

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