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

Steph Willems
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volvo s xc40 to be the brand s 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.

  • Jeff NYC does have a right to access these charges and unless you are traveling on business or a necessity you don't have to drive or live in NYC. I have been in NYC a few times and I have absolutely no desire to go back. I can say the same thing about Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Houston where I lived for 29 years. A city can get too big where it is no longer livable for many. I was raised in West Houston near the Katy Freeway which is part of I-10. The Katy Freeway when I moved from Houston was a 6 lane road--3 lanes on each side of the interstate with each side have side access roads which we called feeder roads for a total of 8 lanes. Today the Katy freeway has 26 lanes which include feeder roads. I went back to Houston in 2010 to see my father who was dying and lost any desire to go back. To expand the Katy Freeway it took thousands of businesses to be torn down. I read an article about future expansion of the Katy freeway that said the only way to expand it was to either put a deck above it or to go underground. One of the things the city was looking at was to have tolls during the peak hours of traffic. Houston is very flat and it is easier to expand the size of roads than in many eastern cities but how easy is it to expand a current road that already has 26 lanes and holds the record for the widest road in the World. It seems that adding more lanes to the Katy freeway just expanded the amount of traffic and increased the need for more lanes.
  • Art_Vandelay It's not like everyone is topping their ICE vehicles off and coasting into the gas station having used every last drop of fuel either though. Most people start looking to fill up at around a 1/4 of a tank. If you constantly run the thing out of gas your fuel pump would probably be unhappy. If you running your EV to zero daily you probably bought the wrong vehicle
  • ToolGuy Imagine how exciting the automotive landscape will be once other manufacturers catch up with Subaru's horizontally-opposed engine technology.
  • FreedMike Oh, and this..."While London likes to praise its own congestion charging for reducing traffic and increasing annual revenues, tourism has declined..."The reason London's tourism numbers are down is that the city has resumed its' "tourist tax." And why did the tourist tax get reimposed? Brexit.
  • Dukeisduke Eh, still a Nissan. Nope.