Volvo has taken the wraps off its first electric car, the 2020 Volvo XC40 Recharge, which is also the first model to debut under its new Recharge sub-brand.
The 2020 XC40 Recharge is based on the XC40 SUV and at first glance it looks nearly identical. The biggest change you’ll notice is that the traditional grille has been closed off. The XC40 Recharge also gets a new color, Sage Green. Since the traditional combustion engine has been deleted, there’s now room for a little storage compartment under the hood.
The fully electric powertrain has motors at each axle to give the XC40 Recharge all-wheel drive and have a combined output of 408 horsepower. The XC40 Recharge has a driving range up to 249 miles (400 kilometers) on the WLTP cycle and using a fast charger, the battery pack can be recharged up to 80 percent in 40 minutes.
Inside the XC40 Recharge is nearly identical to the other XC40 models, with the exception of the new Android-powered infotainment system. The infotainment system includes Google Assistant, Google Maps and Google Play Store.
The XC40 Recharge is just the first of many electric models that Volvo is planning. Volvo says that it plans to introduce a new electric vehicle every year for the next five years, since it has a goal for EVs to account for 50 percent of its sales by 2025.