► Big-selling XC40 goes electric► Over 245 afar of ambit claimed…► Yet posts a sub-5.0sec 0-62mph time
Banished be the grille on this bunched crossover – not because it’s a high-performance admiration to the blanked-off bill of the 1970s Aston Martin Vantage, but because there’s not agent abaft it to cool. You see this is the all-electric Volvo XC40 Recharge, the Swedish brand’s aboriginal array electric agent appear at a appropriate accident in California.
Sort of. While the spun-off Polestar cast is all about electrified exclusivity, so far belted in different bodywork, Volvo’s access is to action abounding array ability aural its absolute ambit alongside the absolute mix of petrol, agent and constituent amalgam powertrains.
That’s what the adjustable underpinnings were advised to do, and beneath the Recharge sub-brand, that’s absolutely what Volvo’s up to.
We’ll go into the specifics in a bit, but for now we’ll acquire that Volvo’s business bods apperceive what they’re doing. After all, the Recharge name won’t aloof be activated to its absolutely electric models, but its PHEVs, too – annihilation with a plug, essentially. Sounds like the afterlife bell for the cryptic Twin Agent moniker to us.
Anyway, semantics of the name aside, while the XC40 Recharge isn’t activity to set new ambit benchmarks for a abounding EV, Volvo’s claiming a alive ambit of at atomic 245 afar between, err, recharges, acknowledgment to a 75kWh lithium-ion ability backpack hidden beneath the floor. It’s a area that ensures no packaging compromises for the interior andkeeps the centre of force low – a advantageous exercise accustomed the little Volvo’s become a bit of a chubster at 2250kg.
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Replenish those activity stocks brief on a committed home wallbox and you’ll be attractive at a flat-to-full time of 7.5 hours, but hunt-out one of those spangly 150kW accessible chargers that are popping-up about Britain and you can go 0-80% in aloof 40 minutes.
Volvo’s allowance incentivise switching to its constituent models. As of now, any PHEV Volvo client will acquire credits appear their calm electricity bill, potentially authoritative it accessible to run one free-of-charge if you’re able to drive in EV approach all the time.
It absolutely would if the XC40 Recharge wasn’t adored with gusto, but accustomed the amount of coercion on tap, it’s absurd to leave you wanting.
Right now we’re ambidextrous with conditional figures, but address of two electric motors – one per arbor for all-wheel drive, metered via a single-speed manual – apprehend a rudely advantageous 402bhp (at 14,000rpm, if you will) and a 487lb ft bang of torque at your appropriate foot’s burning allure and call.
That’s set to agree to a standstill-to-62mph bang in aloof 4.9 seconds, afore topping-out at an electronically bound acceleration of 112mph, a acceleration cap set to be rolled-out beyond Volvo’s absolute ambit in 2020.
Those numbers all chronicle to the P8 derivative, a cardinal aerial abundant aural Volvo conventions to advance that a lower-powered version, conceivably with front-wheel drive, could be added bottomward the pipeline. Or would it be a cable..?
Remember that the XC40’s architectonics was advised to acquire electrification from the outset? The aftereffect of that is that neither amplitude for cartage or baggage is hindered by the conversion. In fact, pop the beanie and area you’d commonly see the top of an engine, with the Recharge you’ve got a advantageous 31-litre frunk, accessible for stowing the charging cables after accepting them wrapping themselves about your advantage in the boot.
Although the autogenous looks appealing abundant the aforementioned as the ICE-equipped XC40s, there are some EV-specific cyberbanking gauges and the infotainment system’s now powered by Android, acceptation a host of over-the-air Google casework including Maps and YouTube Music.
And, complementing the XC40 Recharge’s advertisement is Volvo’s abolitionist charge to abate carbon emissions beyond its business operations.
Those affairs accommodate 50% of its agent sales to be electrified by 2025, additional abbreviation its accumulation chain, accomplishment and acumen CO2 emissions by 25% and ensuring a division of all of its plastics are recycled by the aforementioned year. Not absolutely the affecting calibration of reductions that would amuse Greta Thunberg, but it’s an accessible – and acceptable – step.
No official chat yet, but accustomed the appraisement anatomy abroad in the XC40 hierarchy, it’s absurd to appear in beneath £50,000 back deliveries activate in backward 2020.