408 horsepower with 200 miles of driving range.
Over one year ago, we learned Volvo would release its first all-electric model in the US, based on the XC40 crossover. Today, that model has arrived as the XC40 Recharge, the first in Volvo's new Recharge car line. By 2025, Volvo predicts 50 percent of its sales will be all-electric with the other 50 percent made up of hybrids. To push Volvo owners to go electric, Volvo will even provide plug-in hybrid models with free electricity for an entire year.
"We have said this several times before: for Volvo Cars, the future is electric," said Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson. "Today we take a major new step in that direction with the launch of our fully electric XC40 and the Recharge car line."
The XC40 Recharge is set to do battle with the upcoming Tesla Model Y, so it will need to have some impressive specs in order to compete. Volvo hasn't disappointed with an electric all-wheel-drive powertrain producing 402 horsepower, yielding a driving range of around 400 kilometers based on WLTP testing (EPA range should be around 200 miles). The range certainly won't be as high as Tesla but the 408 hp output is impressive. The XC40 Recharge also features fast-charging, so it can recover up to 80 percent of its range in just 40 mins on the appropriate charger.
This is also the first Volvo model to debut a new Android-powered infotainment system co-developed with Google. The system features a Volvo On Call digital connected services platform, which lets drivers of plug-in hybrid models track how far they drive on electric power. The car still looks like an XC40 inside and out, though it now has a closed-off grille and a front trunk. It also says 'Recharge' on the C-pillar.
Volvo will also use the Recharge name on its plug-in models ranging from the XC40 up to the XC90. No pricing or availability information has been given but earlier interviews with Samuelsson imply it could cost around the $50,000 mark, meaning it would be less expensive than competitors from Audi and Jaguar. Volvo also hasn't released any performance specifications but we assume the XC40 Recharge will be pretty quick with over 400 electric horses on tap.