First all-electric Volvo now available to order
The first all-electric car built by Swedish carmaker Volvo, the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric, is now available to order in the UK.
An all-electric version of the XC40 – a previous winner of the European Car of the Year – the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric is the first of five EVs that Volvo intends to launch in the next five years and has a range of 249 miles on a single charge. The twin electric motors produce 408hp and enable it to hit 62mph (100kph) in a sports car-challenging 4.9 seconds.
The all-electric XC40 will also mark the introduction of a new Google Android-based infotainment system that includes features such as Google Maps, Google Assistant and other automotive apps.
And, being a Volvo, it comes complete with a number of innovative safety features, including a new structure to protect both passengers and the battery pack. Also fitted for the first time is a new version of Volvo’s Pilot Assist, which is designed to help take some of the strain off the driver, thanks to steering, acceleration and braking assistance, as well as using Google Maps to highlight speed limits and any upcoming curvature of the road. There’s also a new Emergency Stop Assist function, which means that if the driver isn’t holding the steering wheel while Pilot Assist is activated, it can bring the car to a stop safely, after a series of warnings.
Kristian Elvefors, Volvo Car UK’s Managing Director, said: “For Volvo Cars, the future is electric. The battery-powered XC40 spearheads our ambitious sustainability strategy, while bringing the huge benefits of electric driving – and more – to an already award-winning package.”
The XC40 Recharge Pure Electric is available in R-Design specification from £53,155. UK deliveries are expected to start in early 2021.