When the much anticipated 2016 Volvo XC90 T8 Plug-in finally arrives in the United States this fall (test drive events start in a couple weeks), it will come with a “free” AeroVironment TurboCord included – that is, alongside the purchase of the $68,100 SUV itself of course.
The plug-in Volvo is rated at 394 hp, and will get about 18 miles of EPA estimated range (via a 9.2 kWh battery).
Sales are already underway in Europe, and on the NEDC scale, the XC90 T8 has been rated at just over 25 miles (40 km).
Volvo touts the fact that this is the first time an OEM has made available a portable, dual 240v/120v EVSE cord set available as standard equipment.
“Volvo Cars has made a strong, customer-focused statement about the direction EV charging is taking. Importantly, TurboCord delivers the power, portability and convenience that potential EV buyers have been waiting for.” – Ken Karklin, VP/GMof AeroVironment’s Efficient Energy Systems
TurboCord is the latest in EV charging innovations,” added Karklin. “In addition to being the smallest and only UL-listed, dual voltage (120V / 240V) charging cordset on the market today, TurboCord’s portability and dual capability make it ideal for charging at home and anywhere else an electrical outlet is available.”
AV also notes some features of its TurboCord product:
· Faster charging – At 240-volt Level 2 charging, the Volvo XC90 can be fully charged in as little as 2.5 hours versus 7 hours with a normal Level 1 cordset that comes with other EVs.
· Two chargers in one – TurboCord Dual allows Volvo XC90 drivers to charge at Level 1 with any standard 120-volt outlet or charge at Level 2 (about 3 times faster) by simply installing a 240-volt outlet.
· Reliable -TurboCord is UL listed, has state-of-the-art safety features and is rugged and waterproof (NEMA 6P), enabling users to safely and reliably charge anywhere, even outdoors.
We do have to note that the Volvo XC90 T8 will probably be a fairly hot ticket, both in the United States and around the world, as the company recently stated that it underestimated demand for the plug-in by a factor of five.
Bottom line: the Volvo is virtually sold out “well into 2016” – although a certain percentage of production is still designated to hit the US this fall, where the SUV is eligible for up to $4,600 in federal credit incentives.