Volvo has a long lasting reputation of building really safe vehicles. But now the companies wants to also be known for producing the least amount of pollution. This will come in the newly unveiled XC40 Recharge.
The new vehicle comes in the form of a compact suv. The announcement was very unimportant the stage was small, the crowd was small, to reveal a small new fully electric SUV. Volvo was less concerned about the vehicles announcement and more concerned about the message.
The SUV its self is nothing revolutionary its effectively the XC40 but powered electrically as opposed to its original gasoline sibling. Its virtually the same the only difference is the power train and the lack of front grille and tailpipe.
Real Changes Are Beneath The Surface
The battery that Volvo added to the floor of the vehicle is wrapped in a neon orange aluminum case that Volvo calls a safety cage. The safety cage creates a crumple zone around the battery which during a collision should help damaging the battery.
According to Henrik Green Volvo’s CTO the company was originally going to throw in a smaller capacity battery. However, due to the announcement of the Model 3 with its range of over 300 miles the company knew it had to go bigger. They had to contact their suppliers (LG Chem and CTAL) to add additional modules to its batteries to improve range and performance.
Here’s where things ended up: the car’s powertrain offers a range of over 400 kilometers on a single charge based on Europe’s WLTP standard, or 200-plus miles in the US, though the automaker has yet to obtain an official EPA rating. It will have an output of 408 horsepower (or 402 hp in the US), and the battery charges to 80 percent of its capacity in 40 minutes on a fast-charger system.
The car’s range leaves much to be desired but it contributes to the growing fact that Tesla is years ahead of its competition. The vehicle is attractive looking and looks very high quality. Its specs also lead us to believe it will be incredibly fast and the interior quality is quite impressive.