In North America, Volvo Car USA and Volvo Car Canada have announced the pricing for Volvo’s first purely electric vehicle, the XC40 Recharge as well as access to nationwide charging networks in both countries.
In the USA, prices start at $53,990 (USD). Purchases may qualify for a federal tax credit of up to $7,500, while state and local incentives may offer further benefits. In Canada, prices for the Volvo XC40 Recharge start at $64,950 (CAD).
The Volvo XC40 Recharge is now up for order. In both countries, Volvo says that the fully electric cars will arrive in showrooms “later this year.”
Volvo revealed the details of its first fully electric car around this time last year. Very briefly, the XC40 is a fully electric all-wheel-drive with 300 kW peak power, and Volvo gave a WLTP range of over 400 kilometres (roughly 249 miles). In both the Canadian and US-American press releases, Volvo did not give a range for the car. There has been some discrepancy between WTLP and EPA ranges, and both Volvo and Polestar cars were given less range by the EPA than expected. The EPA rated the Volvo XC40 Recharge with 208 miles (335 km).
Volvo says that the 78-kilowatt-hour battery can be charged to approximately 80 per cent of its capacity in 40 minutes at a fast-charging station. The Geely-owned Swedish company says that it is the first company to team up with Google on integrating an infotainment system powered by Android, with Google Assistant, Google Maps and Google Play store built-in, for those for whom this would be appealing.
“The XC40 Recharge is an excellent car for anyone who appreciates style and technology,” said Anders Gustafsson, Senior Vice President, Americas, and President and CEO, Volvo Car USA. “The fact it is electric only adds to its appeal because it is cleaner, quieter and more responsive.”
In terms of infrastructure and charging, Volvo has made deals for the benefit of its customers with charging provider ChargePoint and their roaming partners across the USA and Canada. This means that a single ChargePoint account will give Volvo customers access to more than 80 per cent of public AC and DC stations across the US and Canada today with even more access promised in the coming months.