The XC40 Recharge is the new battery-powered version of Volvo's small XC40 SUV, the Swedish carmaker said. It can run up to 400 kilometers, or about 249 miles, on a charge, based on European driving range tests. It will be powered by two electric motors, one powering the front wheels and the other on the rear, with a total power output of up to 408 horsepower.
The XC40 Recharge is based on the same basic design as the petrol-powered XC40. The underlying architecture was designed from the beginning to support both electric and gasoline models. But in this version, the electric SUV's battery packs are underfloor, while the space under the hood – where the engine is mounted in gasoline-powered versions ̵[ads1]1; can be used as storage.
"The all-electric XC40 will be one of the safest cars we have ever built," said Malin Ekholm, chief of safety at Volvo Cars, in a statement.
Inside, the XC40 Recharge features a new touch screen control system for entertainment and other features developed with Google. The system, which Volvo said has been in development for about five years, will be able to receive updates over the air, just as Tesla cars can. Owners do not need to take their vehicle to a software update dealer. Instead, they will happen overnight when the car is parked.
The XC40 Recharge will be available in the United States later this year. Prices will start at less than $ 48,000 after federal tax incentives, a Volvo spokesman said.
Carbon neutral by 2040
Volvo also has detailed plans to reduce total carbon dioxide emissions from factories and plants as well as from emissions from pipes from vehicles. The company set a goal of reducing the carbon footprint per vehicle by 40% by 2025 and finally becoming carbon neutral by 2040.
The name Recharge will be used on all Volvo's clean electric and plug-in hybrid cars from now on , the company said Wednesday. Each Volvo model will be available in at least one hybrid or fully electric version. The company also promised to repay buyers of Recharge models for the cost of charging the car at home for one year.