The Volvo XC40 Recharge Is Their First All-Electric Model

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The Volvo XC40 Recharge Is Their First All-Electric Model

Things have moved a lot faster than we expected. Volvo has fast-tracked the roll out of their all-electric XC40, now known as the XC40 Recharge. It’s the first of its kind in the Volvo Cars range, and there will be many more all-electric cars to come in the future.

The XC40 as we know it as Volvo’s smallest model on offer, replacing the S40 and V40 models of old with a crossover that appeals to the modern consumer. For the next five years, Volvo will be launching one all-electric vehicle every year, with the aim to make all-electric cars 50% of their global sales by 2025.

What’s more interesting is the fact that the Recharge suffix will also retroactively apply to all plug-in hybrid models as well as the upcoming all-electric models. To sweeten the deal, all Recharge models will come with free electricity for a year, with a refund from Volvo for the average electricity cost during the period.

The important numbers for the XC40 Recharge are a range of 400 kilometers on a single charge, and a power output of 408 hp, as well as a battery charge rate of 80% in just 40 minutes on a fast charger system. Anticipated growth for the all-electric model and its current line of plug-in hybrids has Volvo tripling production capacity for electrified vehicles, with a target of 20% of total sales in 2020.

But beyond the fact that it’s a battery and electric motors propelling this XC40, the central party piece is the Android-based operating system for the entertainment system that now allows over-the-air updates for the car, as well as full integration with Volvo On-Call.

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