Electric vehicle (EV) technology has come an immensely long way since its initial introduction in 1827. As a result of the urgency to find more environmentally-friendly vehicle solutions, there has been a race between automotive manufacturers to develop more efficient EV technologies. The new Volvo XC40 Recharge is a pure EV that was recently unveiled at a 2019 Los Angles auto show. The XC40 is a model that is currently in production among Volvo’s lineup of vehicles, but the Recharge is an EV trim level of the XC40.
The Volvo XC40 Recharge will be powered by a 78 kWh battery pack that sits underneath the passenger side of the SUV. The dual-motor setup of the XC40 Recharge will produce a total of 402 horsepower and 486 pound-feet of torque. Volvo has estimated that a dead XC40 battery pack can be recharged to 80% of its power in around 40 minutes. This rapid-charge will require a DC fast-charging port.
The Volvo XC40 Recharge will be home to an Android Automotive operating system (OS) and will allow updates to the system to be completed wirelessly. Much like Tesla, Volvo is expecting to offer routine updates to their XC40 Recharge models. These updates will allow the models to retain optimal performance while reducing any bugs in the operating systems.
The new, fully-electric, Volvo XC40 Recharge is Volvo’s approach to reducing their carbon footprint on the planet. The company believes that they have maximized the efficiencies of combustion engines and that electric vehicle technologies are the only methods that they can use to achieve their goals. Volvo, as a part of the unveiling, announced that they are now selling all of their hybrid models with a full year of free electric charging for the electric motors.
The Volvo XC40 Recharge is expected to reach dealership floors in 2020 by the end of the year. The new Recharge dual-motor setup will be all-electric and will provide a large amount of performance from a single battery pack. Tax credits will be provided to drivers who purchase a XC40 Recharge. Customers can currently secure a XC40 Recharge model by paying a deposit fee on Volvo’s website.