Electronics and Semiconductors

Volvo introduces first fully electric car

21 October 2019
The XC40 Recharge is the first fully-electric vehicle from Volvo. Source: Volvo

Volvo Cars has introduced its first fully electric car, the XC40 Recharge, the first in a line of vehicles that will eventually lead the company to having an all-electric fleet.

Over the next five years, Volvo said it will launch a fully electric car every year with the goal of having 50% of its global sales from electric cars by 2025 and the rest from hybrids. Volvo is also aiming for plug-in hybrid cars to make up 20% of total car sales in 2020.

Volvo said it will be encouraging drivers to choose electric vehicles starting in 2020 by asking consumers to indicate if they want the Recharge. As an incentive, each XC40 Recharge model will come with free electricity for a year.

“We have said this several times before: for Volvo Cars, the future is electric,” said Håkan Samuelsson, chief executive of Volvo, in a statement.

The all-wheel electric vehicle features a 200 mile range on a single charge and the battery charges to 80% of its capacity in about 40 minutes.

The XC40 Recharge features an Android-powered infotainment system with Volvo’s digital connected services platform, called Volvo On Call, which can track how much time they spend driving on electric power.

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