Volvo XC40 Recharge is the brand's first EV


Volvo has revealed its new XC40 Recharge, the Swedish company's first fully electric vehicle (Polestar, of course, is now a standalone company). Volvo said it would include one year of complimentary charging for all its electrified vehicles-which extends to plug-in hybrids already on sale-as part of the purchase price.

Also included with the XC40 Recharge is one free year of electricity, which Volvo said will be offered through a refund of the average electricity costs during that timeframe.

Volvo Cars says it plans to launch a fully electric auto every year for the next five years.

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 also offers the T5 Twin Engine, which uses a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder gas an electric motor to net 262 hp. Volvo estimates a 248-mile range under European WLTP testing, but those numbers don't exactly translate over to US-specific EPA data.

A pair of 150-kw motors, one on each axle create, create a 402 horsepower and 448 pound-feet of torque to push the XC40 Recharge to 60 miles per hour in 4.7 seconds.

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The XC40 Recharge will also be the first from Volvo with an Android Automotive embedded infotainment system, and will be offered in 8 colors including a range of tones from white to black, silver, sage green, blue and red. The all-electric SUV can charge to 80 percent capacity in 40 minutes on a fast-charging system, Volvo said.

"We have said this several times before: for Volvo Cars, the future is electric", Håkan Samuelsson, chief executive at Volvo said. It will get a new version of the Pilot Assist driver-assistance suite as well as a new active safety platform that will be ready for more-advanced driver-assistance applications.

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).

Volvo hopes that 50% of its global sales will comprise all-electric vehicles by 2025, with the other 50% consisting of hybrids. The Swedish automaker will also promote using renewable energy to charge, and will provide a refund to owners for electricity used to charge the auto after the first year of ownership.

Volvo has just launched what they claim is one of the most ambitious plans in the industry, which would see them reduce their lifecycle carbon footprint per auto by 40% between 2018 and 2025.