Volvo has launched its first fully-electric model – the XC40 Recharge. Kicking off a new Recharge sub-brand, Volvo’s pure-electric compact SUV has a range of 249 miles on a single charge.
Powered by two electric motors – one on each axle – the XC40 Recharge produces 408hp (304 kW), providing a 0-62mph time of just 4.9 seconds.
A 78 kWh battery ensures a good range available, and Volvo has backed that up by offering an 11 kW on-board charger for AC charging, and the ability to charge at 150 kW DC for ultra-rapid CCS units. As such, a charge to 80% can be completed in 40 minutes.
Visually similar to the conventionally and plug-in hybrid powered XC40 models, the key difference is the smoothed off grille. A charging port takes the place of the fuel filler flap, and there are some Recharge badges about the place, but that’s about it.
Because of the battery packaging, boot space is less than the petrol and diesel versions, but there is storage space under the bonnet to compensate.
The XC40 Recharge will be the first to feature a new infotainment system built on the Google Android operating system. It is expected that it will improve the ability to update the car’s systems compared to current set-ups.
Prices are yet to be confirmed, though launch models are expected to cost a little under £50,000, and subsequent versions from around the £35,000 mark. Specifications and pricing for the UK market will be announced at a later date, with production due to start next year.