Generally, all the evolutions take long times so that they can be applied in a correct and reliable way. Despite this, Volvo does not believe in lengthy processes and has already committed to leading the premium electric vehicle segment worldwide. Its goal is to become, by 2030, a manufacturer that only markets exclusively electric cars and to gradually eliminate combustion engines, including hybrids, from its global range of products.
This transition of the Swedish company and its transformation into a 100% electric manufacturer is part of its ambitious climate plan, with which aims to systematically reduce the carbon footprint of the life cycle of each vehicle through concrete actions. The decision is also based on expectations that changes in legislation and a rapid expansion of high-quality and accessible charging infrastructures will increase customer acceptance of fully electric vehicles.
Volvo’s progress towards full electrification will be linked to a greater interest in online sales and a more complete, attractive and transparent offer for the customer, under the name “Care by Volvo”. Electric models will only be available online.
The 2030 target implies an acceleration of the electrification strategy, driven by strong demand for electric vehicles in recent years in Europe and other leading markets. What’s more, the brand firmly believes that the combustion engine market will become weaker and weaker.
“To continue to be successful, we need profitable growth. For this reason, instead of investing in an increasingly smaller business, we have chosen to invest in the future, electric and online ”, he explained Håkan Samuelsson, CEO. “We are firmly determined to lead the fast-growing segment of premium electric vehicles.”
In the coming years, Volvo will introduce several new electric models. At the same time, By 2025, the goal is that 50% of their global sales correspond to these copies and the rest to conventional or plug-in hybrids, and by 2030, that all their models that they sell will be exclusively electric.
“There is no long-term future for internal combustion engines,” said Henrik Green, Chief Technology Officer. “We are absolutely determined to become manufacturers of pure electric vehicles, and the transition process should become a reality in 2030. This will allow us to meet the expectations of our customers and be part of the solution in the fight against climate change.”
The first 100% electric family
The XC40 Recharge is the first of the models to mark a major milestone towards the brand’s 2030 target. Based on the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform, it has all-wheel drive with a power of 408 hp and a range of more than 400 km on a single charge (WLTP, Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure). The battery can be charged to 80% of its capacity in about 40 minutes using a fast charging system.
In terms of technology, the new infotainment equipment runs on Android and offers customers unprecedented customization possibilities, a higher level of intuition and the integration of Google technologies and services, such as Google Assistant, Google Maps or the Google Play Store. . In addition, the XC40 Recharge receives software and operating system updates wirelessly.
Building on the safety standards of the XC40 combustion engine, Volvo engineers completely redesigned the front structure of the Recharge to provide a solution to the absence of an engine, meet stringent safety requirements and keep occupants as safe as possible. in any other vehicle from the automaker.
One of those modifications they had to make is the safety of the battery that is protected by a cage mounted in the central part of the body structure. Placing it on the vehicle floor lowers the center of gravity and improves roll-over protection.
Inside, an approach to functionality offers the driver plenty of storage space, for example in the doors and in the trunk. With no internal combustion engine, the vehicle offers additional storage space at the front.
A new member of the electric range
The C40 Recharge offers all the advantages of an SUV but with a lower and slimmer design. Like the XC40 Recharge, it is based on the CMA platform and is the first model in Volvo’s history designed solely as a pure electric vehicle.
“The C40 Recharge represents the future of Volvo and shows where we are heading. It’s all-electric, offered exclusively online with a convenient customer service package, and will be available for fast delivery. Getting a new Volvo has never been so attractive. ” Green said at the launch of the model.
The rear is designed to conform to the roofline, lower than other models, while the front already shows the new look of electric Volvos, including pixel technology for the headlights. At the same time, the interior can be chosen with a range of colors and decorative options exclusive to this model and it is the first Volvo model in which no leather was used.
Like the XC40 Recharge, it is also equipped with the latest generation of infotainment system. The C40 Recharge offers unlimited data, which means extraordinary connectivity, and you will receive software updates over the air. This means that it will continue to improve after leaving the factory.
The propulsion consists of two electric motors, one on the front axle and one on the rear, powered by a 78kWh battery that using fast charging can be recharged up to 80% in about 40 minutes. The expected range is about 420 km, a figure that is expected to improve over time through wireless updates.
The C40 Recharge will be available exclusively online. In keeping with the goal of reducing the complexity of its model offering and focusing on attractive preselected versions, Volvo simplified the range of versions.
Production of the C40 Recharge will begin in the second half of the year at the Volvo factory in Ghent, Belgium.