A few years ago, Volvo had vowed to design an all-electric vehicle by 2019. True to its word, the Sweden based automobile company (owned by Geely Holding from China) introduced a car that runs completely on electricity during a special event in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Named as XC40 Recharge, this car comes with many exciting features and also an entertainment and information system that is developed based on Google’s latest embedded Android Automotive software.
With climate change, global warming, and high pollution levels taking a toll on our atmosphere, cars like XC40 Recharge are aimed towards reducing carbon emissions. CEO of Volvo Hakan Samuelsson stated that XC40 was the first of its electric cars, which were being displayed, clearly hinting that many more such Recharge branded electric vehicles are in line. By 2025, the company aims to get about 50% of its total sales from electric cars alone.
Features of XC40 Recharge
The XC40 Recharge resembles quite a lot like the gas-operated XC40 engine, except that it does not have a grille in the front. Instead, it is replaced by a smooth cover. However, the inside of the car has a drastic improvement. Coming with a lovely infotainment system, it also uses artificial intelligence methods so that the vehicle is driver-friendly. And the company promises to improve these features in regular periods.
The XC40 Recharge comes with two 150kW motors, each one situated on an axle. It also comes with a 78kWh battery pack. The car would produce a power output of 408 horsepower (in the US, it would be 402 hp). It could run up to 400 kilometers (based on Europe’s WLTP standard) after being charged completely. This would mean 200 miles in the US. The battery can be charged up to 80% of its total capacity after just 40 minutes of charging. However, to achieve this, the battery should be connected to a fast-charging system.
Volvo’s plans in creating environment-friendly vehicles
Volvo plans to roll out more EVs in the upcoming years. CTO of the company Henrik Green feels that stopping movement of people cannot provide any resolution to the problem of climate change at present. Improving petrol or diesel engines of the presently existing vehicles would offer little or no help. People must be allowed to move freely in a way such that it is not harmful to the environment.
According to Henrik Green, cars similar to XC40 Recharge that are created using reusable energy and are completely battery-operated can help in saving our environment. If many more such cars come up, that day would not be far off when we can see a drastic dip in pollution levels of our atmosphere. By 2025, Volvo aims to create all its vehicles with at least 25% of recycled material. Thus, it is striving very hard to achieve its goal in reducing carbon emissions from its vehicles, thereby aiming to reduce the carbon footprint.
XC40 Recharge pricing
So far, no clear picture has come out regarding the cost of XC40 Recharge. However, the CEO of Volvo’s North American region Anders Gustafson feels that these cars would be put up on sales in the US towards the final quarter of 2020, starting at $50000. With the help of incentives, these could even be put up with a starting price of $48000.
Other companies that want to reduce their carbon footprint
Similar to Volvo, many other automakers are focusing on reducing their carbon emissions. In 2018, General Motors organized an environment-friendly program wherein they urged automobile companies to convert 25% of their productions into zero-emission vehicles. Ford is ready to spend around $11.5 billion to create a dozen completely electric models. As an initiative under Environmental Challenge 2050, Toyota aimed to cut-down its vehicle emissions by at least 25% or even more by 2030. By the end of the next decade, Mercedes Benz determines to achieve 50% of its car sales through EVs only. It plans to make all its vehicles carbon-free in the next two decades.