Volvo revealed its first fully electric vehicle on wednesday, the 2021 XC40 Recharge. Volvo has already said it expects half its cars to be electric by 2025. But the company announced it would cut the life-cycle carbon footprint on each car by 40 percent by 2025.
It has a 78 kWh battery pack good for 200 miles on a full charge (based on EU WLTP testing), leaving it on the lower side of range. Volvo says it can charge up to 80 percent in 40 minutes when fast charging. Two electric motors do the hustling, giving the XC40 all-wheel drive. Those motors put out a combined 402 horsepower and 487 pound-feet of torque, and Volvo says it’ll get to 62 mph in just 4.9 seconds — impressive numbers for this class of vehicle.
The XC40 Recharge rides on the same Compact Modular Architecture platform as the gas-powered XC40. It places a 78-kwh battery pack under the front seats, and Volvo says the layout not only doesn’t affect interior space, but the vehicle also adds cargo space thanks to a new front trunk.
The XC40 Recharge will also be the first Volvo to receive over-the-air updates for all on-board software, and it will debut a new Android-based infotainment system that Volvo developed with Google. The infotainment system will include Google assistant, Google Maps, and a variety of other apps. Google Maps will create routes to help drivers save energy and suggest locations for charging stations.
The XC40 should cost around $50,000, meaning that it would be less expensive than competitors from Audi and Jaguar.