Volvo XC40 To Become Brand’s First Long-Range, 200+ Mile EV

3 weeks ago by Mark Kane 34

New Volvo XC40 (ICE) – exterior

Volvo is shifting to electrified vehicles step-by-step, and all new models from 2019 on will be at least hybrids. The Swedish brand currently offers the plug-in hybrid XC90, S90V90 as well as the XC60 (with S60 and V60 to come).

New Volvo XC40 (ICE) – exterior

The 90-series and 60-series cars are based on the same platform, while the next-generation of 40-series vehicles are based on Volvo’s new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA).

The CMA platform enables Volvo to not only offer conventional and plug-in hybrid power-trains, but interestingly also all-electric offerings.

Recently Volvo unveiled the XC40, which will enter production in Ghent, Belgium in November.

The XC40 plug-in hybrid is scheduled to follow the petrol version in 2018, while in 2019 the XC40 will become the first all-electric, long-range Volvo on the market.

The expected range is said to be greater than 200 miles (320 km).

“From start of production, the XC40 will be available with a D4 diesel or a T5 petrol four-cylinder Drive-E powertrain. Further powertrain options, including a hybridised as well as a pure electric version, will be added later. The XC40 will also be the first Volvo model to be available with Volvo Cars’ new 3-cylinder engine.”

source: Green Car Reports

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34 responses to "Volvo XC40 To Become Brand’s First Long-Range, 200+ Mile EV"

  1. Apkungen says:

    V60 already exist as a plug in diesel! In my option the best combo.

    Xc40 as an ev though is just proof that Volvo still doesn’t believe in evs for real. 40 if their smallest model. They still think evs are got the city. Pitty.

    1. mx says:

      Diesel spreads micro-carbon particles. Cancerous.

      1. Nick says:

        Combustion byproducts of gasoline are no picnic either.

        1. Scott says:

          Diesel is far worse.

          1. Kimmo57 says:

            Actually direct injection petrol engines have even more dangerous particle emissions than diesels.

          2. bogdan says:

            I also prefer an air cooled micro nuclear reactor!

      2. Apkungen says:

        I am very well aware of the emissions from Diesel and gas engines. The Diesel car emits more of everything apart from CO2. Diesel engines are more efficient and therefore uses less fuel which in turn means less contribution to the green house effect.

        The particles, nox and sulfates are no good either but they are not that harmful on the highway, not against people anyway. And in the city of you use your plug in correctly you should run on electric only!

        1. Hugh says:

          I suggest we start out with a small tax on fossil fuels AND THEN TAKE ALL THE MONEY FROM THE TAX and put it into a fund that would be given back to income tax payers each year when they pay their taxes. The amount would depend on how much money there is in the fund. People would grow to like this tax deduction and want to increase the taxes on fossil fuels.

    2. unlucky says:

      It’s a pretty bad design. The front wheels are driven only by the ICE and the rear only electrically. Very poor drivetrain integration.

    3. Chester Koenig says:

      I don’t know about that… Volvo believes that the XC40 will be one of their best selling vehicles and by committing that model to be It’s first fully electric vehicle, they’re making a statement, at least from my point of view.

  2. Andrew S says:

    This is definitely my next car

  3. mx says:

    1) Why not the V60 first.
    2) Are the Chinese now doing the styling, because Ugly.
    Don’t Ever Say Anything about the BMW i3 AGAIN.
    The i3 is a Beauty Queen compared to this.

    1. mxs says:

      Have you actually seen the i3???

    2. DJ says:

      I don’t know what you’re thinking but the XC40 looks pretty darn nice and usable 😀

    3. Chester Koenig says:

      To me, this is a stunner. To each his/her own.

    4. Gerhard Hauer says:

      I drove the i3. ugliest car I ever tested. Poor seats. Feels light and cheap.

  4. F150 Brian says:

    It better have an “all-around view” camera standard because those are some giant blind-spot inducing pillars at the rear.

    1. Hans Wurst says:

      And it does (3:31):

  5. Anders says:

    All the new Volvo models look like they have a V8 under the hood. Front is too long.

  6. Lou Grinzo says:

    The overall shape and flippy/foldy cargo area stuff is more than a bit similar to the current Nissan Rogue. But the Volvo’s interior, especially that steering wheel — oof.

    But overall, this is good news. As I keep saying, the more models and kinds of models from more companies we have in the EV offerings, the better. Cars are one of the few areas where brand and dealer loyalty still mean something. I want to see customers who strongly prefer brand A over B, C, etc. to have at least one good EV option.

    In my case, my wife and I were very long time Honda and Toyota customers. Then in 2013 I leased my Leaf at a dealer we’d never done business with, loved the car, liked the dealer quite a bit, and replaced her car (Civic) with a Rogue SL in late 2015, which I think she loves more than she does me. Many people won’t change brands and dealers unless pushed; we were pushed by the very limited PEV offerings.

  7. M3 - reserved -- Niro/Leaf 2.0 - TBD says:

    xc40 would directly compete with the Y-model and any lux cuv coming out. It may actually beat the Y out in production which would be a huge milestone.

    Leasing the Leaf/Niro until that time

  8. Mark.ca says:

    2019? It’s like Toyota 10 years ago. You can do better than just conventional hybrids, Volvo.

    1. DJ says:

      They are, that’s a XC40 BEV in 2019 😀

  9. Murrysville EV says:

    If Mr Musk is true to his word about widespread EV adoption, it would be a huge win for one or more mfrs to license the Supercharger network for their vehicles’ use.

    In this case, the XC40 EV would make a compelling car except for its lack of SC network capability. Change that, and suddenly the Model Y has a solid competitor.

    There must be some underlying reason why the SC network isn’t being used by any other mfr. Perhaps Tesla isn’t as altruistic as they claim to be.

    1. Get Real says:

      Yes it must be a conspiracy.

    2. anon says:

      Tesla opened up their patents so, in theory, other manufacturers could copy their connectors and protocols. That said, I’m unaware that they offered to let vehicles from other manufacturers clog up their charging network.

      How would you react if you pulled up to a Supercharger in your $150k Model X and found a line of No-Charge-to-Charge program Nissan Leaf owners in front of you?

      Tesla is never going to open up access to its chargers at reasonable cost because it would destroy customer experience for the people who buy Tesla vehicles.

      No third party manufacturer is going to add hundreds of dollars of cost to their vehicles to add a proprietary charge port for a network that they do not control and that they’d need to pay out the nose for accessing. (That $30k Leaf? It’s now $36k if we assume zero markup on lifetime Supercharger access)

    3. Bill Howland says:

      I’m not making a brief for Mr. Musk or his company, but then again Neither he nor Tesla are under any Legal or Moral obligation to provide for competitive products.

      Other large corporations have standardized on the CCS or Chademo system, with CCS apparently going to win eventually due to its much lower cost.

      There is nothing preventing any corporation from either negotiating some deal with Tesla, or having Musk refuse all such talk – seeing as these corporations can set up their own facilities should they have a desire to do so. Most apparently do not think it is worth the effort at this time.

      They could also device their own proprietary systems and recharging arrangements – should the need arise or the market develop for them.

  10. cab says:

    I’m honestly not sure if I like this as a pure EV or the new XC60 T8 (plug-in hybrid) better. I am currently tracking all of the trips we do in our Tesla using TeslaFI.com in order to see just how much of our driving would end up as pure electric with a “low range” PHEV SUV.

    Interesting how Volvo is turning out to be a bit of a player in the EV space.

    1. DJ says:

      While I agree that it’s nice the whole turbo and supercharged gas engine just seems like a heck of a lot of additional maintenance for an EV. I do think a PHEV can make a lot of sense but man throwing turbo and supercharger maintenance on top kind of just kills the EV lower maintenance vibe. Couldn’t they have just made the engine a little bigger and while you’d have higher fuel costs you’d likely more than cover that by reduced maintenance costs.

      1. Gerhard Hauer says:

        A little bigger engine without turbo would still have a lot less torque.

        1. DJ says:

          And thats when the battery and electric motor would come in to play!

  11. Ben says:

    Is Volvo working with designers from Nissan now?

  12. EVShopper says:

    How much will the EV be?

  13. Martin Winlow says:

    ‘XC40’ – Doesn’t exactly trip off the tongue, does it?

    Also, the ‘XC’ bit sounds rather like the abbreviated/slang form of the English word ‘expensive’…

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