Volvo launches production of the XC40, its first 100% electric SUV – tech2

Volvo has just started production of its very first all-electric SUV, the XC40. A big step forward for the Swedish brand which should market its vehicle in the coming months at a price close to 60,000 euros.

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The future is synonymous with electricity. All manufacturers are doing it, whether newcomers like Tesla or historic ones like Mercedes, Peugeot (with its 3008) or Volvo. All of its brands must have their 100% electric SUV, a showcase for their innovations in this segment. Today Volvo says start production of its XC40.

The Swedish manufacturer will therefore decline its XC40 SUV, already available in petrol and hydrid versionse, 100% electric. Unsurprisingly, we therefore find the same vehicle, but with some adjustments made to the bodywork to adapt to this new engine (especially in the radiator grille).

400 kilometers of autonomy

This vehicle will be equipped with a 78 kWh battery and promises up to 400 kilometers of autonomy, which is a bit disappointing compared to vehicles sold in the same price range. One thinks in particular of the Tesla Model 3. Volvo also promises a maximum speed of 180 kilometers per hour and an acceleration from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 4.7 seconds. Production has started at the plant in Ghent, Belgium, and the vehicle should be available in the coming months. It is already possible to order your model on the official website. However, it will be necessary to break the piggy bank, since the price of the car starts at 59,000 euros.

Volvo's goal, of course, is to fully embrace the electric market over time. Indeed, the days of heat engines are numbered. In France, the sale of new vehicles with heat engines will be banned from 2040 in France. Some countries like Denmark and Ireland are betting on 2030. A date also envisaged by Great Britain. Some countries are even going further, since Norway will ban the sale of new vehicles with combustion engines from 2025.

The electric XC40 therefore fits completely into this perspective. Now it remains to establish itself in the increasingly competitive electric SUV market, with all manufacturers now in the niche.

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