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Meet Volvo’s First-ever All-electric Vehicle

Are you disappointed that the plug-in hybrid variant of the Volvo XC40 is not coming to Canada? Don’t be. The company has something even better in store: its first-ever all-electric vehicle, to be sold under the new “Recharge” lineup.

Instead of creating a whole new product that customers would take time getting familiar with, Volvo decided to build on its latest star, the XC40 small crossover.

The XC40 Recharge is part of a five-year offensive that will see the Swedish automaker launch a fully electric car every year. “Recharge” will be the overarching name for all chargeable Volvos with a fully electric and plug-in hybrid powertrain.

When it goes on sale, the electric XC40 will step into the ring with the likes of the Tesla Model X, Jaguar I-PACE and Audi e-tron—not to mention the upcoming Mercedes-Benz EQC. Other obvious competitors will include the future Tesla Model Y and the electric SUV being developed by Volkswagen.

The numbers attached to the Volvo XC40 Recharge are interesting, especially the 400+ horsepower. It’s said to offer an EPA-estimated range of over 320 kilometres, while the battery charges to 80 percent of its capacity in 40 minutes using a fast-charging system.

Technology lovers should take note of the fact that it’s the first Volvo model to feature the brand new infotainment system powered by Google’s Android operating system. The latter is fully integrated with Volvo On Call, the company’s digital connected services platform.

Want to know another cool aspect? To further encourage electric driving, every Volvo Recharge model will come with free electricity for a year, provided through a refund for the average electricity cost during that period.

With the launch of the XC40 Recharge, Volvo becomes the only car manufacturer to offer a plug-in variant on every model in its lineup. Production capacity will triple to meet the anticipated growth in demand for Recharge cars and as of next year a Designer’s Choice selection of popular Recharge models will help reduce delivery times.

Bad news if you were hoping to see the new XC40 Recharge at the Montreal International Auto Show from January 17-26: Volvo has withdrawn from the 2020 edition just like Audi and Mercedes-Benz. You’ll have to wait for its arrival at dealerships later in the year.