Volvo unveils its first fully electric car XC40 Recharge



XC40 Recharge unveiled

Swedish luxury car-maker Volvo has unveiled the XC40 Recharge. It is the maiden model of the Volvo cars in the automobile manufacturer's fresh Recharge car line concept.

Entertainment factor

XC40 Recharge comes with an infotainment system powered by Google's Android operating system. The Android-powered infotainment system is fully integrated with Volvo On Call, the company's digital connected services platform. Via Volvo On Call plug-in, hybrid drivers can track how much time they spend driving on electric power.

Price

The company did not reveal the price of the vehicle while unveiling it at an event in Los Angeles.

About range and battery

The XC40 Recharge offers a range of over 400 km (WLTP) on a single charge and output of 408hp, Volvo Cars said. The battery charges to 80 percent of its capacity in 40 minutes on a fast-charger system.

The ambition!

Volvo has pledged to launch a fully electric car every year over the next five years, as it seeks to make all-electric cars 50 percent of global sales by 2025. Recharge will be the overarching name for all chargeable Volvos with a fully electric and plug-in hybrid powertrain. To meet the anticipated growth in demand for its Recharge cars, Volvo Cars said it will triple production capacity for electrified cars.

Here's a catch

To further encourage electric driving, every Volvo Recharge plug-in hybrid model will come with free electricity for a year, provided through a refund for the average electricity cost during that period. Volvo aims for plug-in hybrid cars to make up 20 percent of total sales in 2020.

News Source: Economic Times, Url: https://bit.ly/2WbQrk8

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