The upcoming 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge will be the first all-electric vehicle of the Swedish automaker. Also, it will introduce the Recharge platform, which will be used in all-electric Volvo’s in the future. The regular XC40 model with an internal combustion is one of the most popular subcompact luxury SUVs in Europe, and in the States as well. So, the company’s expectations for the electric version are very high.
Volvo is planning to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 40 % by 2025. So, we can say that the Recharge moniker is truly the flagship of that intentions. Also, the company aims to make sustainability a priority, similar to the safety revolution made by this automaker years ago.
As for the look, 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge is almost identical to any other XC40. But, there’s one main difference – the prominent grille upfront. The similar result you’ll find in the cabin as well. The Recharge provides more than enough space, so the battery placement isn’t an issue here.
Moreover, there’s some decent cargo space under the hood of this electric subcompact SUV. Also, you’ll notice that the user interface is a bit different from the gas-powered XC40. The infotainment includes an Android-based system, while the partnership with Google provides automatic updates. So, you don’t have to worry, 2021 XC40 Recharge will stay up to date, and it will add new features to improve the overall experience.
2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge Specs
2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge will use a 78-kWh battery array which will power to electric motors, placed between the front and the rear axles, providing the all-wheel drive. The total output of this configuration will be 408 hp and 486 lb-ft of torque. Also, the company claims that the XC40 Recharge will go from 0-60 mph in less than 5 seconds. Furthermore, Volvo announces that the estimated driving range of its all-electric vehicle will be around 248 miles ( 400 kilometres).
This rating is based on the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure report. 2021 XC40 Recharge will include DC fast charger, and the company says that it will be capable of charging form a drained battery up to 80 % in approximately 40 minutes.
On top of that, Volvo will provide a refund for electric charging after the first year of ownership. We will have more in-depth info regarding the refund politics with the official confirmation of the release date.
Competition, Release Date and Price
The Swedish company is planning to release 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price under $48,000. We must consider that the EVs are still more expensive than most of the regular cars and that the prices vary greatly. So, we expect that the main competition of the Volvo XC40 recharge will be the top-line version of Hyundai Kona Electric and Chevrolet Bolt.
On the other hand, if you want a more expensive but generally similar vehicle, there’s the Jaguar I-Pace and Audi e-Tron. However, the price range of the Recharger puts it in the same neighbourhood with well-equipped Tesla Model 3.
Taking into account the elegant design language and modern SUV body style, the all-electric Volvo might be the perfect alternative for more expensive Model 3. The release date is scheduled for the Fall of 2020.