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All-Electric Volvo XC40: More Functionality, Fewer Parts

The all-electric Volvo XC40 arrives soon to prove a car can be improved by removing some elements.

An under-floor battery replaces an internal combustion engine, whose absence gives extra space to store things. No exhaust pipes, no large radiator grilles for cooling, – this minimizes the number of details at the rear.

Volvo’s elegant Scandinavian design combines a pleasant look with practicality. The fully electric version retains the XC40‘s distinctive features.

A recognizable silhouette is created through a front grille of the same color as the vehicle. It hides sensors of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). Additional personalization options are available with eight body colors, including a new Sage Green.

Volvo offers 19- and 20-inch wheels for the car. A  black roof remains standard.

The driver interface, designed specifically for electric cars, provides constant access to relevant information (battery level). There are sports elements in the cabin, as well as mats of recycled materials.

The pure electric XC40 has been previewed by the Volvo 40.1 Concept in 2016. The model rides on a compact modular architecture (CMA) designed from the ground for electric cars. The battery pack is placed under the floor, so it doesn’t steal the free functional space inside.

Design sketch of Volvo's fully electric XC40

The Volvo XC40 EV provides even more in-door and under-seat storage space. The car has a folding hook for small bags and a removable trash bin in the tunnel console.

Design sketch of Volvo XC40 fully electric crossover

Its front luggage compartment under the hood offers additional 30 liters, since an electric motor requires significantly less room than an internal combustion engine.

Soon Volvo Cars will inform more about the electric crossover. Its first public reveal takes place on October 16, 2019.

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