Volvo will launch a fully electric version of the XC40 compact crossover next month.
The Swedish automaker promises it will be one of the safest vehicles ever. The company has an ambitious goal: to achieve for electric cars a share of more than 50% of the whole sales volume by 2025.
Volvo’s every existing model will receive an all-electric version.
The Volvo XC40 is one of the most in-demand cars of the brand. The electric modification will be presented on October 16, 2019. It joins the hybrid XC40 T5 Twin Engine.
Following the EV trend, the Volvo XC40 has electric motors at front and rear and a floor-mounted battery.
Like other Volvos, the XC40 will see the world under the slogan “Safety above all”: Volvo continues strengthening its reputation of a manufacturer of the safest vehicles.
The Volvo XC40’s front structure is built on the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) and is redesigned with taking account the absence of an engine.
Volvo has also developed a new unique safety structure: an around-battery built-in aluminum cage.
Volvo says this creates a “crumple zone” around the battery and makes the vehicle’s center of gravity lower.
The car is reinforced at the back by means of integrating the electric powertrain into the body structure to shift any forces caused by a collision away from passengers.
The XC40 EV is also the first Volvo model with a new Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS). Volvo Cars designed it with an eye on the future self-driving.
As for the XC40 electric powertrain, it will probably be similar to the one installed on the Polestar 2.
The latter uses a 27-module 78-kWh battery, produces 408 hp and 487 lb-ft (660 Nm) of torque and can boast a driving range of 311 mi (500 km) WLTP-rated.
However, we don’t expect the Volvo XC40 to have the same power output and torque, as Polestar and Volvo focus different target markets.