Volvo Launches 2020 XC40 Recharge — The First In Its New All-Electric Lineup

It's part of Volvo's plan to cut its carbon footprint by 40 percent

Volvo’s first all-electric model will go on sale early next year. [Photos: Volvo]

Welcome to the Volvo XC40 Recharge, the brand’s first all-electric model and part of a new sub-brand. Recharge will be the name of the company’s pure EV and plug-in hybrid models moving forward, starting with the XC40. Volvo expects half its cars to be electric within the next five years, which includes expanding the Recharge brand across Volvo’s entire lineup, including the 60 series cars and the XC90 SUV.

As part of Volvo’s plan to reduce emissions and its carbon footprint, it plans the other half of its non-electric models to be plug-in hybrids.

At first glance, the Volvo XC40 Recharge looks similar to the conventional XC40 crossover. That’s no bad thing, since Volvo’s smartest crossover is a sharp looking package, and this electric model still delivers on styling. On the inside, the 2020 Volvo XC40 Recharge brings an Android-powered infotainment system, a shift from previous models.

What about power and range? The 2020 Volvo XC40 makes use of a 402 horsepower all-wheel drive powertrain here in the U.S (408 horsepower in other markets). Volvo announced a 200-mile range on U.S. models under the WLTP cycle. In other markets, Volvo estimates the range at 400 kilometers. However, official EPA figures are not available yet, so that figure may change for U.S. buyers. The XC40 Recharge also supports 150 kW DC fast charging, which allows charging up to 80 percent in 40 minutes.

The Volvo XC40 Recharge will use a new Android-powered infotainment system.

No pricing information is available yet, but we should have more details closer to the car’s official launch. Volvo says Recharge customers who buy pure EVs or plug-in hybrids will also get free charging for a year from their purchase. Stay tuned to for more updates!

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