Volvo isn’t exactly new to the electric vehicles. They’ve been offering plug-in hybrids for years, and you can find a PHEV variant of pretty much any car the company makes. That being said, Volvo hasn’t taken on the challenge of creating a fully electric vehicle. October marked the day that Volvo unveiled its first fully electric vehicle—the XC40 Recharge SUV.
The Recharge carries over all the attributes that Volvo fans have come to love about the subcompact XC40 SUV. The only exterior changes that you’ll find in the Recharge is a grille that has been closed off, wheels that are unique to the Recharge, and specific badging for the new car. The XC40 already uses Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform—a platform that was designed from the beginning to support full electrification—so adding in the electric powertrain wasn’t a big challenge.
Recharge features a 78-kilowatt-hour battery that sends power to a pair of electric motors. Those motors produce 402 horsepower and 487 lb-ft of torque. According to Volvo, Recharge can go from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 4.9 seconds. As for range, Volvo knows that under European WLTP testing, they can get 248 miles, but US EPA testing hasn’t finalized. Still, Volvo expects about 200 miles in range in US cycle. Charging happens with the typical Level 1 and Level 2 options. A 150-kilowatt DC fast charging option is possible, which could have the Recharge’s battery 80 percent charged in just 40 minutes.
Volvo has also announced that Recharge will feature their new Google Android-powered infotainment system, which will be able to support over-the-air updates. Recharge also supports Apple CarPlay. The instrument cluster is fully digital and is displayed on a 12.3-inch screen. Since there’s no engine, the Recharge will feature a front trunk. There’s also no transmission tunnel, which will make riding for a third passenger in the middle of the back row much more comfortable.
There’s no word on pricing, but the regular XC40 comes in at $33,700, so you can expect at least another $10,000 for the electrified version.