The electrification strategy of the Volvo range is taking shape. After gradually adding all its models a rechargeable hybrid version, the Swedish premium brand presents the XC40 Recharge, its first 100% electric SUV. It borrows all of its traction chain to the Polestar2.
Group Synergy for Geely
For the record, Geely, the Chinese manufacturer that bought Volvo in 2010, made Polestar a full-fledged brand of electrified luxury cars in 2017; however, the group is not giving up entirely the development of thermal engines (necessary for hybrid cars) as evidenced by the creation of a third structure dedicated to this task and which will work for all the brands owned by Geely, namely Volvo, Polestar, Lynk and Co, and Lotus.
More than 400 km of autonomy
Aesthetically, the Refill looks like a XC40 whose grille was closed, but its technical characteristics are decidedly upscale with a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 78 kWh allowing a range of over 400 km on WLTP cycle and can accept a fast load of 150 kW to find 300 km of range in just 40 minutes.
Future rival of the BMW iX3
Better, two electric motors distribute to the four wheels of this compact SUV "zero emissions" a cumulative power of 408 hp, enough cavalry to reduce the 0 to 100 km / h in just 4.9 seconds. Electronically limited, top speed peaks at 180 km / h to preserve a reasonable autonomy on "autobahn". Performance that positions the XC40 Recharge as a direct rival of the future Tesla Model Y and BMW iX3. The XC40 Recharge is expected to arrive in concessions in 2020. Its price has not been announced yet.