Over the next five years, Volvo Cars will launch a fully electric vehicle every year, as it seeks to make all-electric cars 50 percent of global sales by 2025, with the rest hybrids. The auto also comes with a frunk.
On top of the vehicle reveal, Volvo announced sustainability plans to become carbon-neutral by 2040.
By that same date, Volvo hopes to slash its "total operational carbon emissions" by 25 percent per auto (compared to 2018 figures).
The automaker also announced plans to electrify the XC90 SUV by 2022, Roadshow reported. The new branding is part of Volvo's ambitious plan to become fully climate neutral by 2040, starting immediately by working to make Recharge models more than 20 percent of 2020 global sales.
The XC40 Recharge has an all-wheel drive powertrain with a 78 kWh battery. Today Volvo Cars introduces the XC40 Recharge, the company's first ever fully electric auto and the first model to appear in its brand new Recharge vehicle line concept.
The electric XC40 also takes over development at another point, which will first be launched on the market in Polestar 2: Volvo's own Sensus navigation system will be discarded and replaced by a new infotainment system based on the Android operating system. One in a series of events hosted by Volvo Cars. It produces 402 BHP and the battery charges from 10% to 80% in 40 minutes using a fast charger. This engine setup enables it to achieve 0-100kph in 4.9sec, with a limited top speed of 180kph.
The XC40 Recharge and the Recharge auto line are also tangible proof points of the company's ambitious new action plan, also launched today, which represents concrete actions in line with the Paris climate agreement and supports Volvo Cars' ambition to become a climate-neutral company by 2040. Volvo is even offering free electricity for a year to further encourage electric driving, provided through a refund for the average electricity cost during that period.
"We have said this several times before: for Volvo Cars, the future is electric".
The vehicle seems to house some variation of Google's Android Automotive auto OS, which means you'll have phone-free access to Google Maps, Assistant, and the Play Store.