Volvo Unveils XC40 Recharge, Its First Electric Car

  • Oct 18, 2019

Swedish automobile manufacturer Volvo has launched its first fully electric vehicle, the XC40 Recharge. The car is based on the standard XC40 which is Volvo’s smallest sports utility vehicle (SUV). The new XC40 is part of Volvo’s plan to introduce vehicles under the ‘Recharge’ sub-brand. The company has targeted to launch at least one new EV every year so that such cars account for at least 50 percent of its global sales by 2025.

The XC40 Recharge expectedly looks strikingly similar to its standard sibling. There are a few changes nonetheless, like the ‘Recharge’ badge on the boot lid. The car also sports a revised grille on its front fascia. The charging port on the XC40 EV is placed on the car’s rear pillar. Being a battery-operated vehicle, the XC40 Recharge comes with extra storage space.

The XC40 EV is hauled by two electric motors that jointly produce 408PS maximum power and 660Nm peak torque. The car has a 78kWh battery pack and Volvo claims that it returns a mileage of more than 400km according to the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test (WLTP) procedure. The car can be recharged through a 11kW AC charger or by a 150kW DC fast-charging system. The battery, according to Volvo, can be recharged up to 80 percent through fast charging.

The XC40 Recharge sports a new touchscreen infotainment system powered by Google Android. It also supports ‘Volvo On Call’, the connected digital service from the Gothenburg-headquartered carmaker.

The XC40 EV is expected to be introduced in India in early 2020. The Indian automobile market currently has Hyundai Kona as the only long-range electric passenger car. It commands a pan-India ex-showroom price of ₹23.71 lakh. Besides Hyundai Kona, the XC40 Recharge will face competition from the Audi e-tron and the Morris Garages (MG) eZS. Both the latter cars are likely to be launched later this year.


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