Electric Volvo XC40 had to improve before entering the market due to Tesla Model 3December 6, 2019
At the development stage of the Volvo XC40 Recharge EV, the company was proud of its new product, but with the announcement of the Tesla Model 3 electric car, it was necessary to revise the specifications. Because of this, the car received an increased battery capacity, as well as several additions.
The first all-electric crossover from Volvo with the name XC40 was introduced back in October 16, 2019. Now the chief technology officer, Henrik Green, spoke about some of the details at the development stage. As it turned out, initially the crossover was supposed to get a battery of 60 kW * hours, but the entry to the Tesla Model 3 market affected the final decision.
“We have increased battery capacity,” – Green said in an interview with Autonews Europe. “We thought we used to have a good balance between cost and capacity, but when we saw Model 3 coming out, we said,“ Maybe they know what they are doing. ”
Engineers had to add a few modules. This shifted the initial price tag up, but allowed us to introduce a competitive product. Ultimately, the model received a battery of 78 kW * hours. Now the crossover reserve is about 400 km, which roughly corresponds to the basic version of the Tesla Model 3.
As a power unit, the Volvo XC40 uses a twin-engine layout with a total power of up to 408 horsepower.
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