New Volvo XC40 Recharges in high demandJanuary 23, 2020
Volvo Cars has now officially opened pre-order for the XC40 Recharge P8 AWD, the company’s first all-electric car, based on the best-selling SUV, in selected markets.
Tens of thousands of consumers showed keen interest in the all-electric XC40, and the company had already received several thousand firm orders before the official start of sales. Production and first customer shipments of the XC40 Recharge P8 are scheduled to begin later this year. The initial receipt of the order is the latest confirmation of the high demand for the Volvo Cars Recharge line of vehicles, the name for all Volvos with all-electric and plug-in hybrid transmissions. The company aims to ensure that by 2025, sales of electric vehicles make up 50% of global sales, and the rest – hybrids.
In 2019, Volvo Cars sold nearly 46,000 replacement hybrid cars, which is 23% more than in 2018, and more than double its sales in 2017. During the fourth quarter of 2019, plug-in hybrids accounted for more than 20%. All Volvo are sold in Europe. The company also has seen strong and continued growth in terms of online customer configurations for Recharge vehicles, accounting for about a third of all configurations in the region in the fourth quarter of 2019.
“It’s clear that customers like what they see in our Recharge lineup,” said Bjorn Annwall, head of EMEA and global business operations. “Our Recharge cars are everything customers expect from Volvo, with the addition of the latest all-electric or plug-in hybrid drivetrain.”
The XC40 Recharge P8 is the first of a family of all-electric Volvos. This is a milestone for Volvo Cars, as the company’s first all-electric vehicle and Volvo’s first all-new infotainment system powered by the Google Android operating system.
As the all-electric version of the best-selling XC40 SUV, the first Volvo to receive the prestigious European Car of the Year Award, the XC40 Recharge P8 is based on Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), an advanced car platform developed jointly with the Geely Group.
The all-wheel drive XC40 Recharge P8 offers a range of over 400 km (WLTP) on a single charge and with a capacity of 408 hp. The battery charges up to 80% of its capacity in 40 minutes in a quick charge system.
The new Android-based infotainment system offers customers unprecedented personalization, enhanced intuitiveness and embedded technology, and Google services such as Google Assistant, Google Maps and the Google Play Store. The XC40 Recharge P8 also receives larger software and operating system updates over the air.
Based on the superior safety standards of the original XC40, Volvo Cars ‘safety engineers completely redesigned and reinforced the front-end Recharge P8 to eliminate engine failure, meet Volvo Cars’ high safety standards, and help keep people safe. in any other Volvo.
The battery is protected by a safety cage integrated in the middle of the car body. Its placement on the floor of the car also reduces the center of gravity of the car for better protection against rollover. Inside, an innovative approach to universal functionality provides drivers with plenty of storage space, for example, in doors, under seats and in the trunk. The absence of an internal combustion engine means that the car provides drivers with even more storage space than the regular XC40, through the so-called “suspension” under the front hood.
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