Volvo will be rolling out several battery-electric vehicles over the next five years as part of its new “Recharge” lineup of EV vehicles and has launched the line with the introduction of battery electric XC40.
The new Volvo XC40 Recharge is the automakers’ first ever fully electric car and the first model to appear in its new Recharge car line concept. Recharge will be the overarching name for all chargeable Volvos with a fully electric and plug-in hybrid powertrain.
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.
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 200 miles on a single charge and output of 402 hp. The battery charges to 80% of its capacity in 40 mins on a fast-charger system.
It is also the first Volvo with a new infotainment system powered by Google’s Android operating 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.
Volvo Cars also said it plans to become a climate-neutral company by 2040.