T Jim Nichols, Volvo’s artefact and technology communications manager, beheld the bald anatomy of a 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge, the company’s new all-electric car, in the antechamber of Volvo’s new North American address in Mahwah, N.J. He acicular out the car’s accompanying liquid-cooled electric motors (yielding all-wheel drive), and its low-slung array pack. Together, they accord the crossover 402 application (and 486 pound-feet of torque), additional the adeptness to ability 60 afar per hour in 4.7 seconds. Top acceleration is bound to a bashful 112 afar per hour.
“With this packaging, you lose no accumulator or commuter space,” Nichols said.
In fact, you accretion it.
Open the XC40’s awning and there’s a bashful “frunk” for the abate items. This is Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture, or CMA, platform, aggregate with ancestor aggregation Geely. It additionally undergirds the non-electric versions of the XC40, the Polestar 2 from Volvo’s affluence achievement brand, and some cars you can’t buy actuality from Geely’s Chinese cast Lynk & Co. Added than 600,000 cartage accept been congenital on the belvedere so far.
This abstraction that absorbing a car is amount added, not a loss, extends to safety—a analytical allotment of any Volvo. The Recharge adheres to the aforementioned boxy blast standards as the approved X40, and Nichols acicular to the animate cages about the array pack. Nearby was a 25-mph comatose XC40, with its commuter berth intact.
Styling on the Recharge is actual abundant in the abreast crossover pocket, affectionate of cocked and angular. The kick-up on the aback doors adds some flair, as does the atramentous roof. The adenoids doesn’t charge a grille, so it gets a anatomy blush panel.
Volvo hasn’t been in the U.S. electric car business all that long, which agency that buyers accept admission to the $7,500 federal assets tax acclaim that cuts off afterwards a architect moves added than 200,000 cartage (as Tesla has). State and bounded incentives ability be in place, too. Prices alpha at $54,985, which is $47,485 with the credit.
Performance from the Polestar 2 is absolutely similar, but that one is a sedan/crossover amalgam with a $59,900 basal line. Maybe it’s weight and aerodynamics, but the Polestar is hardly faster according to some testing, 4.1 abnormal to 60. Having apprenticed them both, I can adjure that both are badly fun to drive, with that off-the-line alertness congenital into best electric cars.
The XC40 Recharge is for consumers who appetite to blooming their crossover experience. The Polestar 2 is for that customer’s wealthier accessory who brand a achievement image. Yes, it’s basically the aforementioned car beneath the skin, but Volvo is action it will address to two altered demographics, both awful desirable.
There’s a appropriate bang from the XC40’s able regen erative braking. It can be angry off, switching the car into its added mode, Normal. But abide that impulse, because regen is a lot of fun back you get acclimated to it, and you will both save on anchor abrasion and agreeably extend the XC40’s ambit (a bashful 208 afar in EPA testing). That’s the agnate of 85 afar per gallon.
The array backpack is 78 kilowatt-hours (75 useable), but Volvos (with all their onboard assurance equipment) tend to run heavy. This one, with the 1,100-pound array backpack added on, has a adequately ample 4,740-pound barrier weight.
With DC fast charging, it takes about 40 account to recharge the car to 80%. On home AC, it’s brief to full.
I collection the XC40 about burghal New Jersey in the after-effects of a abundant snowfall. The anchorage bore patches of ice, but the car was sure-footed. I almost acclimated the brakes, and got animating advanced advance back the alley was clear. Visibility is abundant all around. The Polestar 2 has a added flush cabin, but the XC40 is roomy, including for rear-seat passengers.
The akin of accepted accessories is high, including acrimonious ability seats, the big sunroof, and wireless cellphone charging. Also, the nine-inch touchscreen, which is home abject for the Google/Android infotainment system. Volvo is the aboriginal automaker to accredit this Google integration, which agency the buyer can get a lot done by adage “Hey, Google.” Driver advice is via a 12.2-inch affectation developed for Volvo’s electric cars, which is configurable to action advice on charging, ambit to abandoned and regen.
Apple CarPlay wasn’t enabled on the analysis car, so I surfed about in the Google-verse. Aside from a mystifying addiction for Pandora to cut off mid-song—repeatedly—while I was aggravating to accept to Lorde, it was accessible to navigate. Volvo is afterward Tesla’s advance in putting a lot of functions on the screen—the birr is almost aerial with buttons. That’s fine, already you apperceive area aggregate is, but it’s not all intuitive.
This car has the buyer covered in two capital areas, assurance and ecology friendliness. The car comes with blind-spot detection, lane-keeping, and both rear-collision and cross-traffic alerts. And the adamant anatomy agency aerial adaptation ante in blow situations.
Volvo is ultra-green, which affairs added and added to consumers. The aggregation will be carbon aloof by 2040. By 2025, it will accept alone electric cars and hybrids in its fleet. Today, you can buy the XC90, XC60, and V60 as constituent amalgam Recharge models.
The lifecycle carbon brand of anniversary car will be bargain 40%by 2025, at which time there will be a 25%reduction in operational carbon emissions per car (including accomplishment and logistics). Few added carmakers will acquaint owners about the accumulation chain, but Volvo is aiming for a 25%reduction there, too.