Volvo Unveils XC40 EV
Volvo Cars Corp. took the wraps off its first all-electric vehicle, the XC40 Recharge compact crossover, yesterday in Sweden.
The 2020 model closely resembles the rest of the XC40 lineup, which offers gasoline, diesel and plug-in hybrid powertrains. The vehicles ride on Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture.
The XC40 Recharge is powered by a pair of electric motors that generate a combined 408 hp and 487 lb-ft of torque. Zero-to-60 mph acceleration is listed at 4.7 seconds.
The EV’s 75-kWh-hour lithium-ion battery provides a WLTP-rated driving range of about 250 miles and is expected to be listed at more than 200 miles by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Volvo says the battery can be replenished to 80% capacity in 40 minutes via a fast charging system.
Volvo will use the Recharge name on all future EVs and plug-in hybrid models. The electrified variants will be available on all Volvo models.
The Tesla Model 3 is certainly one of the most controversial cars to be launched in some time, with production models (a comparative handful, admittedly) presented on a stage with a throng of people treating it like it was an event with Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran, all at the same time.
The engineers at Munro & Associates have taken a perfectly sound BMW i3 and taken it apart. Completely apart. And they are impressed with what they’ve discovered about how the EV is engineered.
Although the term “continuous improvement” is generally associated with another company, Honda is certainly pursuing that approach, as is evidenced by the Accord, which is now in its ninth generation.