The Swedish automaker Volvo has announced the start of series production of its first mass-produced electric car, the Volvo XC40 Recharge, based on the eponymous crossover with internal combustion engines. The model will be the first in a series of all-electric models from the brand, which will hit the market from 2020 to 2025. By 2025, Volvo expects to sell 50% of electric vehicles and 50% of hybrids, which means that the company will abandon conventional ICE models in the next five years.
Pre-orders for the Volvo XC40 Recharge electric crossovers continue to arrive, but the units scheduled for production in 2020 have already been fully sold out. European buyers who were among the first to order their electric vehicles will receive them by the end of this month. The rest will have to wait for deliveries until at least 2021.
Before series production began at the Ghent plant, Volvo employees assembled a limited number of pre-production Volvo XC40 Recharge electric vehicles. This process is a standard procedure for every new vehicle, aimed at optimizing the production cycle.
Recall that the Volvo XC40 Recharge electric crossover received an electric power plant with four-wheel drive and two engines on each axle with a total power of 300 kW / 408 hp. (150 kW on each axis). As a result, the acceleration time to 100 km / h takes 4.7 seconds, and the maximum speed is 180 km / h.
From a full charge of a 78 kWh battery, an electric car is capable of traveling 400 km in a WLTP cycle. The model has a built-in converter with a power of 11 kW, charging is also supported at high-speed stations with a capacity of 150 kW – in this mode, the battery is charged up to 80% in 40 minutes. In the absence of an internal combustion engine, the space under the hood is used as an additional trunk.
The new Android-based infotainment system offers compatibility with popular Google services including Google Assistant, Google Maps and the Google Play Store. The system can be easily updated “over the air” without visiting the service center.
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