Volvo launches fully electric Volvo XC40 Recharge
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As part of its new electrified car line, Volvo Cars has launched its first fully electric model, the XC40 Recharge.
The new model is also the first in Volvo's brand-new Recharge car line concept.
The XC40 Recharge, based on the popular XC40 small SUV, is intended to be the first of a family of fully electric Volvos. As well as being the company’s first electric car, it is also the first Volvo with a brand-new infotainment system running on Google’s Android operating system.
Over the next five years, Volvo Cars plans to launch a fully electric car every year, as it seeks to make all-electric cars 50 per cent of global sales by 2025, with the rest hybrids. Recharge will be the overarching name for all chargeable Volvos with a fully electric and plug-in hybrid powertrain.
From early 2020, customers entering the Volvo Cars website will first be asked whether they want a Volvo Recharge car or not. To further encourage electric driving, every Volvo Recharge plug-in hybrid model will come with free electricity for a year, provided through a refund for the average electricity cost during that period.
“We have said this several times before: for Volvo Cars, the future is electric,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and CEO of Volvo Cars. “Today we take a major new step in that direction with the launch of our fully electric XC40 and the Recharge car line.”
The XC40 Recharge features what Volvo is calling a "state-of-the-art, fully electric all-wheel-drive powertrain that offers a range of more than 400km (249 miles) on a single charge and output of 408hp". The battery charges to 80 per cent of its capacity in 40 minutes on a fast-charger system.
The Android-powered infotainment system is fully integrated with Volvo On Call, the company’s digital connected services platform. Via Volvo On Call, plug-in hybrid drivers can track how much time they spend driving on electric power.
To meet the anticipated growth in demand for its Recharge cars, Volvo Cars will triple production capacity for electrified cars and will, as of next year, prepare a Designer’s Choice selection of popular Recharge models, offering the potential for radically reduced delivery times. Volvo Cars aims for plug-in hybrid cars to make up 20 per cent of total sales in 2020.
Every Volvo model in the range includes a Recharge option, from the XC40 small SUV, via the 60 series cars to the company’s flagship, the XC90 large SUV. Volvo Cars is the only car maker to offer a plug-in variant of every model in its line-up.
The XC40 Recharge and the Recharge car line are also intended to convey Volvo's new action plan, which represents concrete actions in line with the Paris climate agreement and supports Volvo Cars’ ambition to become a climate-neutral company by 2040.
Volvo Cars is aiming to reduce its lifecycle carbon footprint per car by 40 per cent between 2018 and 2025. The company's 2040 ambition goes beyond tailpipe emissions to all-out electrification. It will also tackle carbon emissions in its manufacturing network, its wider operations, its supply chain and through recycling and reuse of materials.
“We are transforming our company through concrete actions, not symbolic pledges,” said Håkan Samuelsson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Volvo Cars. “So at Volvo Cars we will address what we control, which is both our operations and the tailpipe emissions of our cars. And we will address what we can influence, by calling on our suppliers and the energy sector to join us in aiming for a climate-neutral future.”
Goals the company has set for itself in support of the 2040 initiative include achieving a 40 per cent reduction of CO2 footprint per car by 2025; generating 50 per cent of global sales from fully electric cars by 2025; a 25 per cent reduction of CO2 emissions related to its global supply chain by 2025; a 25 per cent share of recycled plastics in new Volvo cars by 2025, and a 25 per cent reduction of carbon emissions generated by the company’s overall operations, including manufacturing and logistics.
By the middle of the next decade, Volvo is aiming for half of its global sales to be fully electric cars and to offer half of all cars to customers via its subscription service. It also anticipates one-third of its cars sold to be fully autonomous.
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