The all-electric Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric P8 is on sale now, priced from £53,155 with first deliveries expected in early 2021. The crossover is the Swedish brand’s first EV, which has been tasked with taking on the likes of the Jaguar I-Pace, Hyundai Kona Electric and the forthcoming Tesla Model Y.
There’s a caveat for UK buyers, though. Changes made in the Government’s most recent budget mean that the XC40 Recharge won’t be eligible for the UK plug-in car grant. From Thursday 12 March 2020, the grant was only made available for electric vehicles which have a price-tag lower than £50,000 – and the payout was lowered by £500 to £3,000…
He added, “I believe that after coronavirus it would be naive to expect everything to return to normal – to think that consumers will come back into showrooms asking for petrol or diesel cars. And if governments in some way subsidise a return to the old world, it’ll be a waste of money. They should use the money to promote new technology, as they were planning to do before coronavirus.” …
As a branding statement more than a gear hauler, the sleeker XC100 Recharge will then take over as Volvo’s style leader and be an altogether more indulgent offering. Expect four seats rather than five, comfort- and luxury-oriented suspension tuning, semiautonomous capabilities, and more extravagant design.
Volvo Group and Daimler Truck are planning to establish a joint venture focused on fuel cell trucks and buses. The two societies announced today, 21 April 2020, that they have signed a preliminary non-binding agreement to this extent, with final agreement expected by Q3 and closing before year-end 2020.
Polestar revealed on Monday that production began this week at its factory in Luqiao, settled in China’s eastern Zhejiang province. There, the Polestar 2 shares an assembly line with the Volvo XC40. If you’re wondering about the China connection, Chinese automaker Geely owns both brands.
Ahead of the formal announcement, Polestar sent an email to fans and future owners globally on Monday, which noted Volvo Group’s electric car division took the coronavirus outbreak very seriously. Thanks to stringent policies, its Chinese operations were not affected. In fact, Polestar touted zero cases of COVID-19, the disease the coronavirus causes, in its Chinese teams. Temperature screenings, thorough disinfecting processes and masks for every worker were just a few of Polestar’s strategies.
Volvo is taking an interesting approach to advertising its partnership with Google, and on Thursday confirmed that an ad in this Sunday’s New York Times Magazine will also be powered by a bit of the tech giant’s software.
When readers open to Volvo’s full-page ad, they’ll find a picture of a vehicle’s chassis and the text, “The first SUV with Google built in.” Using Google Lens tech, readers can then hover over the ad with their smartphone to get more information about the XC40 Recharge — like you see in the image above.
Volvo has announced that its first pure electric vehicle will be priced from £53,155 in the UK. The cool-looking all-electric XC40 Recharge compact SUV is expected to have a maximum driving range of 248 miles.
Volvo has announced that the all-electric XC40 Recharge will be priced from £53,155 in the UK, with first deliveries expected towards the end of 2020. It’ll go on sale at the end of March as the Swedish brand’s first pure electric vehicle – which Volvo hopes will kick-start its push for electric vehicles to account for 50 percent of its sales by 2025.
The electric XC40 also heralds the arrival of a new Volvo sub-brand, called Recharge, under which all chargeable Volvo models – meaning plug-in hybrid and fully electric vehicles – will now sit. Five additional electric models will join the XC40 Recharge over the next five years.
Volvo says the updated Ghent factory will provide important lessons to the brand’s other manufacturing sites in terms of process optimization and efficiency. Volvo will source its batteries from CATL of China and South Korea’s LG Chem. The company’s first all-electric model was unveiled in October last year in the form of the XC40 Recharge. The SUV uses a pair of electric motors delivering a combined 402 hp and features a 78 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that provides more than 249 miles (400 km) of range on the WLTP cycle.
Earlier this year, the automaker revealed it will construct a battery assembly line at its U.S. plant outside Charleston, South Carolina, with work at the site set to kick off this fall. Volvo has also confirmed it will build battery-powered electric vehicles at a plant in Luqiao, China. This facility will also handle the production of select Polestar and Lynk & Co models that share Volvo’s CMA platform.