Volvo's XC40 to Be the Brand's First Electric Model

volvos xc40 to be the brands first electric model

Electric, not electrified, as you can already find several Volvo models boasting a plug and a combination of gasoline and electric propulsion. The automaker best remembered for keeping the 240 in production with only minimal changes for two decades now wants to pin the technology pedal to the floor, setting a goal of having 50 percent of its customers drive away in fully electric vehicles by 2025.

Ambitious, to say the least. The first electric model would come along in 2019, the automaker stated earlier this year, while keeping the identity of the model under wraps. We now know it’s the XC40, which should comes as no shock to anyone.

In an interview with Britain’s Autocar, the head of Volvo’s Polestar division, Thomas Ingenlath, said the newly launched compact crossover will forge a path for all other Volvo models to follow. (Models launched after 2019 will arrive with mild hybrid, hybrid, and battery electric variants.)

“It’s not a secret anymore that the first full-electric Volvo is on its way with the XC40 coming,” said Ingenlath. “It will arrive very soon after the Polestar 2. That is the first to come that’s not exotic. We’ll start with XC40 and then on it will come step after step into our model range. The next car will be the next-generation XC90.”

The Polestar 2 is the cheaper follow-up to the vastly expensive coupe unveiled last year by the newly standalone Polestar brand. The coupe finds its first carefully selected customers this year. A Polestar 2, arriving next year as an all-electric midsize sedan, should be much more attainable for “regular” buyers. It has the Tesla Model 3 in its sights.

Comments made by U.S. Volvo chief Lex Kerssemaker last year revealed the XC40 EV should travel roughly 250 miles between charges, retailing in the high $30k range. That seems to be the sweet spot most automakers are aiming for.

Unlike other automakers, Volvo prefers an EV stable that’s not separate from its regular offerings. All EVs bearing the brand’s name will be electric variants of existing models.

The stock XC40 made its sales appearance at the beginning of the year. Since January, some 3,588 Americans drove home an XC40, with 1,105 of the vehicles leaving dealer lots in May.

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  • Ajla Ajla on Jun 25, 2018

    The sooner Volvo can go EV and drop that underwhelming, skunkmeat twin-charged T6 the better.

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    • Garrett Garrett on Jun 26, 2018

      Have you actually driven a T6 for more than a loop around a dealership (if at all)? The current T6 is actually better than the old T6 in the XC60. It pulls hard when you put the hammer down, and out fuel economy wen from 18.5mpg to about 23mpg in mixed driving (on an engine that’s not fully broken in). Better fuel economy, better transmission, no performance penalty... It’s an all around win. The only complaint I have is that the Polestar tune is how it should come from the factory. The updated throttle response and transmission mapping are spot on - better for passing on the freeway as well.

  • LRSIII LRSIII on Jun 26, 2018

    I'd be loving a pure electric V90 wagon. I just think the V90 is gorgeous, and I've been sorely tempted to buy one. Just not loving a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder on an almost $70,000 car.

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    • LRSIII LRSIII on Jun 26, 2018

      @Garrett No, I haven't. Right now, I'm not really interested in gasoline-engined utility vehicles. I like them for performance cars (my current daily driver is a 2016 Shelby GT350), but I'd like a pure-electric utility vehicle (I'm throwing wagons in with SUVs) as a second car. My normal drive-cycle would work just fine with a decent-range electric. Plus, I have a 3-car garage with a 220-volt outlet already installed for each space.

  • Snickel Fritz I just bought a '97 JX 4WD 4AT, and though it's not quite roadworthy yet I am already in awe of it's simplicity and apparent ruggedness. What I am equally in awe of, is the scarcity of not only parts but correct information regarding anything on this platform. I'm going to do my best to get this little donkey back on it's feet, but I wouldn't suggest this as a project vehicle for anyone who doesn't already have several... and a big impressive shop with a full suite of fabrication/machining/welding equipment, and friends with complimentary skillsets, and extra money, and... you get the idea. If you don't, I urge you to read up on the options for replacing anything on these rigs. I didn't read enough before buying, and I have zero of the above suggested prerequisites... so I'm an idiot, don't listen to me. Go buy all of 'em!
  • Bryan Raab Davis I actually did use the P of D trope, but it was only gentle chiding, for I love old British cars of every sort.
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  • FreedMike Maybe this explains all the “Idiots wrecking exotic cars” YouTube videos.
  • FreedMike Good article! And I salute the author for not using the classic “Lucas - prince of darkness” trope, well earned as it may be. We all know the rap on BL cars, but on the flip side, they’re apparently pretty easy to work on (at least that’s the impression I’ve picked up). On the other hand, check the panel fits on the driver’s and passenger’s doors. Clearly, BL wasn’t much concerned with things like structural integrity when it chopped the roof off a car designed as a coupe.