LONDON, England – Volvo Cars has introduced the XC40 Recharge, the automaker’s first fully-electric car and the first model in the new Recharge concept.
The Recharge is based on an XC40, a small SUV and the first of a family of fully electric Volvos. It’s also said to be a milestone for Volvo Cars as it’s first electric car and the first Volvo with a Google Android system.
Volvo has vowed to launch a battery-pack car every year in a charge to make all-electric cars reach half of its global sales by 2025. The rest will become hybrids and ‘Recharge’ will be the overarching name for every Volvo with a fully electric, plug-in, hybrid power train.
From early 2020 the Volvo Cars website will ask visitors if they would like a Volvo Recharge; every Volvo Recharge plug-in hybrid model will give free electricity for a year.
Håkan Samuelsson, chief executive, said: “We’ve said several times that Volvo Cars’ future is electric. Now we’re taking a major step with the launch of a fully electric XC40 and the Recharge models.”
”The XC40 Recharge,” the automaker says, ”is everything customers expect from a Volvo but with the addition of a fully electric, all-wheel drive, power train with a range of more than 400km on a single charge and output of 304kW. The battery, Volvo says, can be charged to 80% in 40 minutes.
Volvo will triple production capacity for electric cars to meet anticipated demand for Recharge units and will from 2020 prepare a Designer’s Choice selection of Recharge units with potential for ”radically” faster delivery and the automaker expects hybrid (battery/fuel) Volvos to be 20% of total sales by 2020.
Every Volvo model in the range will include a Recharge option, right up to the flagship XC90 SUV, to make Volvo the only automaker to offer a plug-in variant within every model range.
”The XC40 Recharge and the Recharge car line,” Volvo says, ”are also tangible proof of the company’s ambitious action involving concrete actions in line with the Paris climate agreement and supports our ambition to become a climate-neutral company by 2040.”