Volvo is now doing as Polestar is releasing a second cheaper, front-wheel drive version of the electric XC40 that will attract more people. The model is first rolled out here in Sweden.
Volvo’s ambition to “help more people to switch to fully electric cars” and by 2030, all Volvo cars sold will be fully electric. Today, however, there are only two electric models in the program: XC40 Recharge P8 and its coupe SUV version C40 Recharge, both of which cost more than SEK 670,000 in basic price before the climate bonus.
Both also share both platform and driveline with Polestar 2, which since April can be ordered in two cheaper versions with only one electric motor of 224/231 hp instead of two of a total of 408 hp. The cheapest, Standard range Single engine, starts at SEK 489,000 and then has a smaller battery pack of 64 instead of 78 kWh.
Now do in the end Volvo the same and releases the XC40 in such an embodiment. Nya Volvo XC40 Recharge (they seem to have skipped the previous alphanumeric driveline names) will start construction this autumn in Ghent in Belgium and can already be ordered here in Sweden – other markets will have to wait a little longer.
– We are broadening our range of electric models with an attractive offer on the Swedish market, says Volvo Car Sweden’s CEO Jessica Span.
The new model technical specification is reminiscent of the Polestar 2 Long range Single engine and it has an electric motor of 231 hp that drives the front wheels. However, the battery capacity is medium, 69 kWh, which should give a WLTP range of 400 km.
The new battery pack should be able to quickly charge 10-80% in “about 32 minutes”, Volvo writes in a press release.
The price tag begins timely enough in the middle between the entry-level and intermediate version of Polestar 2, SEK 529,000 before the climate bonus of SEK 70,000.
Just like the XC40 and C40 Recharge Twin, as the Recharge P8 is now called, the new front-wheel drive XC40 Recharge will be available to order online.
Leasingpriset via Volvo’s own alternatives Care by Volvo starts at SEK 5,690 a month with a 36-month commitment period. With a 3-month notice period, the monthly cost will instead be SEK 6,590.
The controversial Recharge tires are fitted as standard from the factory and in the press release for the new model, Volvo emphasizes their advantages:
“A single set of tires that can safely handle weather and road conditions over a wider range than summer or winter tires means the car owner avoids the hassle of changing tires twice a year, while reducing carbon dioxide emissions compared to winter tires.”
At the same time said Volvo’s tire experts in an interview with ams earlier this year recommend that real winter tires if their cars are to be driven on snow and ice.
Now the electric XC40 became interesting!
Source: Senaste nytt från auto motor & sport by www.mestmotor.se.
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