It’s been a long time since the electric car is no longer a weird model and without any kind of pleasure when driving. Proof of this is in the revered Tesla Model S and Porsche Taycan, which combine explosive performance with an alluring design.
As unusual as it sounds, this combination can also be attributed to the Volvo XC40 Recharge. After all, the 408 hp generated by the two electric motors means that it takes a mere 4.9 seconds to go from 0 to 100 km/h.
Security at all times
As fate would have it, however, a storm would jeopardize our first contact with the XC40, making any attempt at full throttle impossible.
Anyway, it was possible to get a taste of everything that the two engines (each one of them installed on a shaft) are capable of doing. The instant torque of an impressive 660 Nm (or approximately 67.3 kgfm) is perfect to scare the distracted, most often followed by a wide smile.
Light steering in low-speed maneuvers becomes firmer as speed increases, providing a greater sense of safety even in the various situations of partial aquaplaning that we experience on Rio Grande do Sul highways. The rear tires, which are wider than the front ones, helped in this condition.
And even if something went wrong, it was comforting to know I was inside a Volvo. As with all the brand’s cars, the SUV has a generous package of safety items and driving aids.
These include frontal collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, lane-staying assistant, camera with 360-degree view and the great adaptive autopilot with Pilot Assist function, capable of accelerating, braking and even making light turns without the intervention of the conductor.
All the driver needs to do is place their hands on the steering wheel periodically so the system can make sure there is someone there in case of an emergency.
How do you call?!
Visually, the XC40 Recharge has few differences from plug-in hybrid versions. It’s just details like the closed grille and the design of the wheels, as well as the discreet logo on the trunk lid.
And speaking of trunks, the total volumetric capacity is 444 liters divided into two compartments: there are 413 liters behind the rear seat and another 31 liters in the front, where the engine would normally be.
The biggest surprise, however, is inside. Interestingly, the SUV has no parking brake and, amazingly, no engine start button. Just engage the “D” gear so that the vehicle is ready to roll and select the “P” position for the parking brake to be applied electrically.
The multimedia center with vertical screen supports the Google Automotive Services, which integrates the entertainment system with various services offered by Google. just pair your smartphone with the vehicle to have access to all the information of your Google account in the car, such as appointments, contact book and favorite music.
Volvo claims autonomy in excess of 400 kilometers, with 80% of the charge being obtained in a fast charger with just 40 minutes of use.
The XC40 Recharge had its pre-sale started in May for R$ 389,950. Due to the success, Volvo declared that it will keep the value unchanged until the end of this year.
Those who pre-order the SUV will also take home a complete package of added services. Included are 3 years warranty or 100,000 kilometers, 3 years service overhaul (or 100,000 kilometers), 3 years coverage for discs, brake pads and wiper blades if necessary, 3 years Volvo On Call and 24h assistance , 4-year online service pack and 8-year battery warranty.
With all this, the manufacturer plans to sell 450 units by the end of this year. By Volvo’s projections, this volume would be enough to reach 29% of the electric vehicle market share, which would give the segment leadership to the Swedish brand.
In addition, the goal would also guarantee a market share of 63% in the segment of electrified vehicles, adding up to the numbers of 100% electric and plug-in hybrids. In this scenario, Volvo plans to sell 8 thousand cars.