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Volvo has its first electric vehicle in the XC40 Recharge

With an output of 408hp and a driving range of over 400km

Volvo is officially going electric with the XC40 Recharge. PHOTO FROM VOLVO

Last year, the Swedish automaker Volvo made the bold declaration that 50% of its sold vehicles would be fully electric by the year 2025. That’s just six years from now, in case you’re counting. The first step toward achieving that lofty goal has been taken by the firm with the introduction of the XC40 Recharge, which is essentially a fully electric version of the award-winning premium crossover SUV. Yes, it is the brand’s very first EV and also the first member of the Recharge range of chargeable cars.

The XC40’s stylish exterior design will greatly help in convincing many people to switch to EVs. PHOTOS FROM VOLVO

The XC40 Recharge is equipped with an all-electric, all-wheel-drive powertrain that produces a total output of 408hp and delivers a single-charge driving range of more than 400km, according to Volvo. Its battery can be recharged to 80% of its capacity in just 40 minutes via a fast-charging system.

This car should add some cool factor to the idea of electrified mobility. That’s welcome news. PHOTOS FROM VOLVO

Another highlight of the XC40 Recharge is its Android-powered infotainment system, which is said to be fully integrated with Volvo On Call, the manufacturer’s digital connected services platform.

The infotainment system is powered by the Android OS. PHOTO FROM VOLVO

“We have said this several times before: For Volvo, the future is electric,” Volvo Cars CEO Hakan Samuelsson is quoted by a press statement as saying. “We take a major new step in that direction with the launch of our fully electric XC40 and the Recharge car line.”

The electric motor has a driving range of more than 400km. PHOTO FROM VOLVO

It’s pretty obvious that Volvo is no longer content being known as just a safety-minded car company. Today, as it moves forward, the brand also wants to start carving out a reputation as an automotive manufacturer that cares about the environment. Salute.

Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist since July 1995. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.