This is a big step for the Swedish firm, and it also sees it launching ‘Recharge’ as a sub-brand of the Swedish manufacturer, with this being the umbrella term for all its EVs and plug-in hybrids.
The XC40 Recharge uses a 78kWh battery, which is located as low as possible so it doesn’t interfere with interior space too much, and features two electric motors to allow for all-wheel-drive. These motors produce 402bhp and 660Nm, with Volvo claiming it can accelerate from 0-60mph in just 4.7 seconds.
Its battery allows for a 249-mile range, while it’s also able to charge at 150KW rapid chargers – where the batteries can be topped up from flat to 80 per cent in 40 minutes.See Available XC40 Deals
The XC40 Recharge features a new Android-based infotainment system using a host of Google features, and is the first car to use a system like this. While unsurprisingly sharing plenty in common with the regular XC40, which is offered with petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid powertrains, it’s distinguished by its closed off front-grille, black C pillar, unique alloy wheels and ‘Recharge’ badging.
The XC40 Recharge is key to Volvo’s ambition to have 50 per cent of its sales to be EV by 2025, and the rest to be hybrid. The firm says it will launch a fully-electric car every year for the next five years.
Further details and pricing of the XC40 Electric will be announced when the model goes on sale towards the end of 2020, though it’s expected to cost from around £50,000.