Volvo Cars launches Volvo XC40 Recharge EV
MotorWeek was on the scene at the Hubble Studio in Los Angeles, California where Volvo pulled the sheet off its first battery electric vehicle (BEV) the XC40 Recharge.Volvo is not new to the world of vehicle electrification, already offering plug-in hybrid (PHEV) versions of every model they sell. The XC40 Recharge, however, relies solely on battery power. The 78 kWh battery pack is stored under the floor and drives motors on the front and rear axles for all-wheel drive. Volvo says the XC40 Recharge offers over 400 km of range based on the European WLTP cycle (estimated at 200 miles in the U.S. although not EPA rated). Total system output is 402 hp for U.S. models. Without an internal combustion engine, Volvo designers were able to tweak styling with a closed front grille, behind which sits a storage space under the hood. Volvo is also the first automaker to work directly with Google, using an Android operating system, which will allow for over the air software updates — another first for the Swedish brand.The XC40 recharge starts Volvo's push to make BEVs 50% of their overall sales by 2025. Before then, Volvo expects 20% of their 2020 sales to consist of PHEVs. To aid that, they're offering one year of free charging for all their plug-in vehicles starting today. Volvo has made a pledge to be climate neutral by 2040 and to introduce one new all-electric vehicle in each of the next 5 years. All will be a part of the Recharge subbrand, which will also include plug-in hybrids.