Volvo steps toward climate neutral goals with 249-mile electric XC40

Volvo XC40 Recharge Battery Package

Volvo XC40 Recharge Battery Package

Volvo says it will have a plug-in hybrid for every vehicle it sells, and it will offer a year of free electricity for plug-in buyers effective immediately. Volvo Cars aims for plug-in hybrid cars to make up 20 percent of total sales in 2020.

The 2021 XC40 Recharge also will mark the debut of Volvo's newest infotainment system, which is based on Android infrastructure-a first for the automaker.

The XC40 christens Volvo's new Recharge line of electric vehicles, all of which will come with the previously mentioned year of free charging, according to the automaker. Besides, the unspecified battery should be able to be charged 80 per cent in 40 minutes at a fast-charging station.

The cabin on the Volvo XC40 Recharge remains identical to the standard model, but you do get the new operating system for the infotainment unit.

Volvo Chief Technology Officer Henrik Green said the XC40 Recharge will be the one of the safest Volvos ever.

As we covered in early October, Volvo has also applied its safety-first ethos to the XC40 Recharge, ensuring passenger safety and battery integrity in the event of a collision via a new safety structure for the all-electric Volvo XC40. The mild hybrids will thus only be found via a detour. The new all-electric SUV is the first model to appear in the brand's new Recharge vehicle line concept and is based on the XC40 SUV. During that time, the automaker also aims to reduce its carbon footprint by 40% per vehicle.

An important component of the project is the aforementioned 50 per cent share of electric cars by 2025. In order to meet the already growing demand for PHEV models, the Swedes want to triple production capacities for electrified vehicles. To this end, Volvo Cars is now preparing an offer "designed to reduce individual operating costs and thus further increase sustainability".

What's not now known is the price that Volvo is going to be asking. For the time being, however, this only applies to the plug-in hybrids, because customers will have to wait a while for the XC40 Recharge.

Considering the International Energy Agency has just pointed an accusing finger at SUVs for being the second biggest contributor to increasing carbon emissions since 2010, the electric XC40 SUV is a welcome addition to the global electric auto market (and it is expected in Australia by the end of 2020).

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