Volvo is finally joining the ranks of electric car-makers. The company has released the XC40 Recharge, an all-electric vehicle that will compete with the likes of Tesla. According to the automobile manufacturer, the XC40 Recharge will be a car of firsts and a car of the future.
The device will also feature a brand new infotainment system powered by Google. The company has already been leveraging the system in its Polestar 2 car and with this, it is bringing it to its electric lineup as well.
Taking a leaf out of Tesla’s book, the software within the vehicle is capable of being updated over the air.
Speaking about the topic, CTO Henrik Green said:
So now the XC40 will stay as fresh as your phone or tablet, and no longer will a car’s best day be the day it leaves the factory.
In terms of specs, the electric vehicle is equipped with an all wheel drive powertrain. Powered by a 78 kilowatt-hour battery, the car can go for almost 250-miles or 400 KMs on a single charge. As per the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure, the car will give you north of 200 miles per charge, based on other factors.
Comparatively, that’s not as good as many options that are available in the market. For example, Tesla Model 3, Chevy Bolt EV, Kia Niro and Hyundai Kona all perform better.
In terms of other specifications, the electric motor powering the car churns out around 408 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. In terms of raw acceleration, the vehicle can go from zero to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds, which again is good but not quite the best option in the market. The battery can charge to 80% of its full capacity in 40 minutes on a fast-charger system.
The car will hit the market next year, although the price and other nitty-gritty details are yet to be released.
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