Volvo Car Portugal announces the arrival of its first 100% Electric to the national market. The new Volvo XC40 Recharge 100% Electric debits 408hp. and guarantees an autonomy of 418km (WLTP). It takes 4.9 seconds to reach 100km / h and charges about 80% of the total charge of your battery in just 40 minutes (fast DC charging up to 150kW in ideal conditions).
The new model features two versions, both with excellent standard equipment and with a set of offers and proposals that simplify use and mobility.
Prices start at 57,150.74 € (standard Twin Plus version) or 61,106.42 € (Twin Pro version) PRVP and the option to rent from 800 € / month (Standard Twin Plus version) or 850 € is also available / month (Twin Pro version).
The car comes with very complete standard equipment, with special mention to the offers in terms of Security and Connectivity, namely:
- Security: Slippery Road Alert, Lane Keeping Aid, City Safety, Blind Spot Information System, Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control.
- Connectivity: Google Assistant, 9 ”touchscreen display, Induction smartphone charging, Volvo On Call.
Living up to the brand’s tradition, this will also be one of the safest models on the market, despite the possible challenges that arise due to the absence of a traditional internal combustion engine.
The new 100% electric Volvo XC40 Recharge was built based on the excellent safety levels of the original XC40. However, the front structure has been redesigned and reinforced to cope with the absence of an engine and, above all, to maintain traditional Volvo safety levels.
To help keep passengers safe and batteries intact in the event of a collision, Volvo Cars has developed a new structure. The battery is now protected by a safety cage integrated into the car’s structure.
The location of the battery (on the floor of the vehicle) allows lowering the center of gravity for better protection against overturns. At the rear, the car’s structure has also been strengthened. Electric motorization was integrated into the structure to obtain a better distribution of collision forces outside the cabin.
In terms of active safety systems, this model also presents novelties. It is the brand’s first model equipped with the new Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) platform that includes software developed by Zenuity, a joint venture owned by Volvo Cars and Veoneer. This new ADAS platform features a set of radars, cameras and ultrasonic sensors. Due to its structure, it may receive further development that will serve as a basis for the introduction of technology for autonomous driving.
Functionality / Space / Storage
At the same time, the XC40 Recharge maintains all the features that make it one of the most successful models in the Swedish brand’s recent history. Scandinavian elegance and design of simplicity and style combined with impeccable utility and functionality.
“The roots of Scandinavian design are based on visual clarity and reduced elements. The XC40 is an excellent example of this. Its bold design is instantly recognized and is now even more modern in its electric version. Without the need to include a front grille, we were able to create an even cleaner and more modern front while the absence of exhaust pipes does the same at the rear. This will be the path that we will follow as we progress more and more in electrifying the range. ” Robin Page – Head of Design – Volvo Cars.
Inside the passenger compartment, the driver will find a interface totally new and completely designed for electric models where relevant information such as battery status is included. The sporty interior design pack includes stylish details as well as rugs made from recyclable material.
This new car, whose first preview occurred in 2016, with the presentation of the Concept 40.1 it is also an example of Volvo’s engineering capability. It is based on the CMA – Compact Modular Architecture platform, which was designed with electrification in mind, where the battery pack is integrated into the car floor without affecting the interior space.
This means that the functionality, luggage space and interior storage that were so successful in presenting the Volvo XC40 are the main features of this new car. Noteworthy is the space at the doors and under the seats, the hook for transporting bags and the removable garbage box in the central space.
Unique to the new XC40 Recharge is a special cargo space located in the front of the vehicle. With about 30 liters of capacity, this is a space provided by the electric motor that needs less space than a traditional combustion engine.
At the same time, the XC40 Recharge maintains all the features that make it one of the most successful models in the Swedish brand’s recent history. Scandinavian elegance and design of simplicity and style combined with impeccable utility and functionality
A body-colored front grille creates a distinctive and unique design in this new model since a grill with a cooling function is no longer needed. This new grid allows the storage of the sensors of the new ADAS System – Advanced Driver Assistance Systems
Available in eight exterior colors, including the new Sage Green Metallic option, it allows extensive customization, with the black roof as standard.
With the introduction of the 100% electric New XC40 Recharge, Volvo Cars redesigned the Infotainment System. Powered by Android, this new Infotainment System offers unprecedented, more intuitive personalization capabilities and new Google services and technology.
Volvo Cars was the first company to partner with Google to integrate an Infotainment System powered by Android, which includes Google Assistant, Google Maps and Google Play Store. The two companies have been partners over the past few years.
The new System offers full integration with the Android Automotive OS, with real-time updates such as Google Maps, Google Assistant and other automotive apps.
The XC40 Recharge 100% Electric is the first model of the brand to receive an aerial update of its operating system, placing Volvo Cars at the forefront of connected services within the automotive sector. This new model will continue to evolve and improve over time with the learning that will be done.
“We are finally being able to provide the same kind of experience in the car that you can get on a smartphone, in a context of road safety. By introducing these types of updates, from maintenance to new configurations, the car will be able to be as up-to-date as other digital products. ” Henrik Green – Chief Technology Officer – Volvo Cars
Volvo Cars is moving daily to become a leader in the premium electric car segment and has recently announced that it aims to be an all-electric car manufacturer by 2030. Until then, Volvo Cars will gradually remove all its vehicles from its range. models with an internal combustion engine, including hybrids. In fact, in 2030, every new Volvo Cars sold, should be exclusively electric.
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