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The brand-new, all-electric Volvo XC40 has 408bhp

Say hello to Volvo’s first full EV – the XC40 Recharge

Published: 16 Oct 2019

This, Ladies and Gentlemen, is a bit of a milestone moment for Volvo. Not only is the new XC40 Recharge the company’s first ever fully-electric car, but it also signifies the start of a serious EV offensive.

Volvo has ambitions to become a climate-neutral company by 2040, and it has now committed to launching five electric cars in the next five years – all of which will be badged Recharge. The hope is that by 2025, 50 per cent of the cars it sells will run on battery power alone.

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So, back to the XC40. What to say about it? Well, it’s a pretty standard XC40, only with a twin motor, AWD electric powertrain. Park it alongside its internal combustion-engined sibling and perhaps the only difference you’ll notice is a slightly deeper floor on the EV. That’s where the 75kWh batteries live.

The headline figures are a promised range of more than 250 miles on the WLTP cycle, and a zero to 80 per cent charge time of 40 minutes when connected to a fast charger. Plus, if that doesn’t get you all hot under the collar, the electric motors put out a fairly hefty 408bhp between them. Lovely. The result of that, and the 487lb ft of instantaneous torque, is a 0-62mph time of 4.9 seconds.

The XC40 Recharge will also signify the debut of Volvo’s new, Android-powered infotainment system, and of course there’ll be specific dials to suit the electric drivetrain.

Oh, and there’s a frunk too. Or should we start referring to them as froots in the UK? It is a boot rather than a ‘trunk’ after all. Anyway, we’re getting off-topic.

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The XC40 is a fantastic car in the guise we knew before, so it surely makes sense for Volvo to play things safe here. What do you reckon to its wider electrification plans, though - is it the right move?

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