Volvo XC40 Recharge (with 300 kW) is brand's first electric auto

Volvo reveals its first fully-electric SUV, says every new car model will be 'electrified'

It represents a true milestone for Volvo Cars: the company's first electric vehicle and the first Volvo with a brand new infotainment system powered by Google's Android operating system.

The XC40 Recharge is Volvo's first fully-electric vehicle, and the first auto to appear in the automaker's "Recharge" vehicle line.

As for charging, typical Level 1 and Level 2 options will be built in. Only a fully electric all-wheel drive with 300 kW peak power and a WLTP range of over 400 kilometres are mentioned. The new branding is part of Volvo's ambitious plan to become fully climate neutral by 2040, starting immediately by working to make Recharge models more than 20 percent of 2020 global sales. There's a 78kWh battery that will recharge to 80 per cent in around 40 minutes, supporting fast charging up to 150kW.

The name "Recharge" will be used more frequently in the future because it is not only the sales name for the all-electric XC40 but will also appear in the name of all Volvos with charging cables - both BEV and PHEV. "Today we take a major new step in that direction with the launch of our fully electric XC40 and the Recharge auto line".

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).

Hakan Samuelsson, Volvo Car Group CEO, said that this plan will fundamentally change the structure of the company. As early as 2025, half of Volvo's worldwide vehicle sales will be accounted for by electric cars, the rest by hybrid vehicles.

The vehicle line will consist of fully-electric and plug-in hybrid cars and is a part of the automaker's objective of launching a fully-electric auto every year for the next five years.

Volvo will also look to improve its own carbon footprint, with an additional goal of reducing its own emissions by 40% by putting everything from manufacturing, operations and shipping under the magnifying glass.

Volvo expects significant demand for its electric and hybrid Recharge vehicles, so it is tripling its production capacity to help to reduce delivery times.

"We want to offer people the freedom to move in a sustainable way".

What's not now known is the price that Volvo is going to be asking.

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