Volvo is aiming for more than 50% of its sales volume to be fully electric by 2025.
Volvo has announced that it plans to unveil a fully electric version of the XC40 on 16th October. The Swedish automaker will mark their debut into the electric world with an EV they claim will be “one of the safest cars we’ve ever built”. After all, the company wants to maintain its established reputation for safety with the new model.
Taking a step towards clean mobility, Volvo is aiming for more than half of its sales volume to be fully electric by 2025. Unlike its competitors such as Volkswagen which is developing an entire range of electric vehicles like the I.D hatch, I.D Crozz SUV and Microbus-inspired I.D. Buzz; Volvo is focussed on producing electric versions of its current models.
The XC40 electric will have motors mounted at the front and rear with the battery located under the floor. The front structure of the XC40, which is built on Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform, has been tweaked a bit to make up for the absence of an engine. In order to lower the car’s centre of gravity and create a built-in crumple zone around the battery, Volvo has developed an aluminium-based safety cage around the same. It will be embedded in the body structure.
The Volvo XC40 electric will also be the first vehicle to be fitted with the brand’s new Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) sensor platform. It is designed to support the company’s upcoming autonomous capabilities.
Since no information is provided about the electric engine, we are free to assume that it will be inspired by its sister brand the Polestar. It uses a 27-module, 78 kWh battery pack claiming to produce 402 PS. The brand targets to offer a range of 500 kms on a full charge. No matter how fascinating, it is unlikely that the XC40 will have a similar power or range output.
Volvo XC40 Electric
– Unveil scheduled for 16th October
– Will have motors mounted at the front and rear
– Will debut the brand’s new Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) sensor platform