Volvo launches XC40 Recharge as part of new electrified car line
Wednesday Volvo Cars introduced the announced XC40 Recharge, first model to appear in its brand new Recharge car line concept.
It represents a true milestone for Volvo Cars: the company’s first electric car and the first Volvo with a brand new infotainment system powered by Google’s Android operating system.
From early 2020 customers entering the Volvo Cars website will first be asked whether they want a Volvo Recharge car or not. To further encourage electric driving, every Volvo Recharge Plug-in hybrid model will come with free electricity for a year, provided through a refund for the average electricity cost during that period.
«We have said this several times before: for Volvo the future is electric. Today we take a major new step in that direction with the launch of our fully electric XC40 and the Recharge car line» said Håkan Samuelsson, Volvo chief executive.
The XC40 Recharge is everything customers expect from a Volvo, with the addition of a state-of-the-art, fully electric all-wheel drive powertrain that offers a range of over 400 km on a single charge and output of 408hp. The battery charges to 80% of its capacity in 40 mins on a fast-charger system.
The Android-powered infotainment system is fully integrated with Volvo On Call, the company’s digital connected services platform. Via Volvo On Call Plug-in hybrid drivers can track how much time they spend driving on electric power.
Every Volvo model in the range includes a Recharge option, from the small XC40 SUV via the 60 Series cars to the company’s flagship, the large XC90 SUV. Volvo Cars is the only car maker to offer a Plug-in variant on every model in its line-up.
The XC40 Recharge and the Recharge car line are also tangible proof points of the company’s ambitious new action plan, also launched Wednesday, which represents concrete actions in line with the Paris climate agreement and supports Volvo Cars’ ambition to become a climate-neutral company by 2040.