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The 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge.

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If you footfall axial Volvo’s all-new XC40 Recharge, as I did for an hour this week, you may not apprehend it’s a absolutely electric agent until you put it in gear. Or, added correctly, appoint it to Drive, aback EVs don’t accept accepted apparatus like best gas-powered cars.

The bunched SUV is the aboriginal Volvo to backpack the Swedish maker’s Recharge name, which it says it will administer to bristles new cartage aural the abutting bristles years. By 2025, Volvo expects bisected of all its all-around sales of commuter cartage to be absolutely electric, with the blow actuality hybrids.

The XC40 won’t be awash in Canada as a constituent hybrid, however. “Our focus in this bazaar is for the absolutely electric car,” says Stefan Diklich, artefact planning and electrification specialist for Volvo Car Canada. “The constituent amalgam alone comes as a front-wheel drive, and Canadians, with our winter, we adopt to accept all-wheel-drive SUVs.”

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There are some accessible beheld differences to the accepted SUV, of course. The grille is solid because the motors don’t allegation the air-cooling of a approved engine. Underneath the awning is a bank advanced trunk, a “frunk” in Porsche-speak, that’s basically ample abundant to abundance the recharging cable or a baby aback pack. The refuelling cap is on the larboard ancillary and covers a CCS charging socket. The auto are a little added aerodynamic, and there are some alert badges that say “Recharge,” and that’s about it. Commuter and burden amplitude is the aforementioned as added XC40s.

There is no agitation about-face or alike Start button for the Recharge. Like a Tesla, it senses the burden of you sitting on the driver’s bench to actuate the car’s power. Aloof accelerate the abbreviate about-face batten bottomward to Drive or Reverse, and you’re off. And you’re off actual bound if you footfall adamantine on the throttle; Volvo claims dispatch from standstill to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds. That’s abundant swifter than the 6.4 abnormal of the accepted XC40 T5.

It drives actual abnormally because the accompanying motors of the all-electric Recharge, one for anniversary axle, aftermath 402 horsepower, compared to the 248 hp of the XC40. They additionally aftermath a whopping 486 lb.-ft. of torque, which is abundant for a tow appraisement of 2,000 lbs. (907 kg). My boilerplate burning of electricity during my hour of squirting the car through cartage on both burghal streets and the artery was 30.1 kWh/100 km.

However, the Recharge is congenital on the exact aforementioned belvedere as the approved XC40, which was advised from the alpha to board both an internal-combustion agent or a brace of battery-powered electric motors. It has a altered architecture beneath the bark to accommodate specific crumple-zone protection, and there is additionally a assurance cage to assure the candor of its battery, which is captivated beneath the absolute attic for a low centre of gravity, in a collision.

The accepted XC40 is Volvo’s least-expensive vehicle, with a abject amount of $39,950 additional $2,015 for bales and PDI. The Recharge EV will account for $64,950, admitting its high-quality accepted appearance accomplish it the agnate of the $48,250 R-Design trim level. At that price, it’s too cher to authorize for any absolute federal or bigoted rebates, but Diklich says Volvo hopes to advertise “several hundred” Recharges beyond Canada in 2021, starting in January.

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The XC40 Recharge has an official Canadian ambit of 335 kilometres. That’s arena it safe, as Volvo is accepted for, because its official European WLTP rating. which uses altered testing patterns, is 400-to-418 km. This is abutting to the long-distance claims of the Tesla Model 3, Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Bolt and others.

When the acclimate is warm, its 78 kWh array (75 kWh useable) will allegation to 80 per cent in 40 account if it’s acquainted into a 150 KW fast charger. Again, this is agnate to its leading-edge competition. Volvo is appreciative that it uses blockchain technology to trace the sources of the azure in its batteries, to ensure it is supplied both ethically and responsibly. Azure can be sourced in some developing countries with little affair for its appulse on miners’ bloom or the environment.

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The Recharge appearance a few beheld capacity that set it afar from the accepted XC40.

Mark Richardson/The Globe and Mail

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It goes after adage that the Recharge is absolutely connected, and Volvo has a affiliation with Google to ability its infotainment arrangement application Android. This agency the disciplinarian aloof has to say a request, as he or she would do with a Google Home system, and the car will admit it. Google Maps is accessible on the ample axial blow awning and will accumulate a active amend if bare of the area of bounded allegation credibility and the ability bare to get there.

The Recharge can additionally download beyond software and operating arrangement updates over the air, agnate to a Tesla, so it is kept abreast after defective to appointment a account centre. Almost all of Canada’s 36 Volvo dealers can currently advertise and account the Recharge, with the actual dealers alive bound against certification.

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