Volvo XC40 Recharge: Volvo's first fully electric auto expected in 2020

Volvo XC40 Recharge: Volvo's first fully electric auto expected in 2020

Volvo XC40 Recharge: Volvo's first fully electric auto expected in 2020

The XC40 christens Volvo's new Recharge line of electric vehicles, all of which will come with the previously mentioned year of free charging, according to the automaker.

Volvo Cars introduced, on Wednesday, the XC40 Recharge, the company's very first fully-electric auto.

With the new XC40 Recharge model, drivers will experience a fully-electric all-wheel drive powertrain rated 402 horsepower.

The XC40 Recharge and the Recharge vehicle line are also tangible proof points of the company's ambitious new action plan, also launched today, which represents concrete actions in line with the Paris climate agreement and supports Volvo Cars' ambition to become a climate-neutral company by 2040.

To answer the biggest question on every EV lover's mind, the XC40 Recharge has a claimed range of "more than 400km" between charges, and it can be charged to 80 percent in 40 minutes when plugged in to a fast-charger.

The XC40 Recharge, based on the multi-award-winning and best-selling XC40 small SUV, is the first of a family of fully electric Volvos.

The cabin on the Volvo XC40 Recharge remains identical to the standard model, but you do get the new operating system for the infotainment unit. The company is on a mission to have fully-electric vehicles make up 50 percent of its global sales by 2025.

"We have said this several times before: for Volvo Cars, the future is electric", Håkan Samuelsson, Volvo chief executive said in a press release. If that's not tempting enough, it seems that Volvo may well offer every Recharge-badged vehicle with free electricity for a year.

The XC40 Recharge will lead the way for Volvo's line of electrified vehicles-plug-in hybrids and battery electric-that will be called Recharge.

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. "So at Volvo Cars we will address what we control, which is both our operations and the tailpipe emissions of our cars". The vehicle is expected to go on sale near the end of next year.

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

Volvo gives its electric XC40 a revised look to match its new power source, dropping the now-unnecessary grille in favor of a body-color panel wearing the Volvo badge proudly.

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