Volvo To Launch First Ever EV Next Year, Electric XC40 Could Follow

Volvo has already announced that it plans to offer several electric, hybrid, and mild-hybrid vehicles, and its first zero-emission car will reportedly arrive in 2019.

According to Autocar, the new EV was previewed by the 40.2 concept shown in 2016 and it will enter the brand’s ’40’ lineup with a similar design to the rest of the family.

Based on the CMA platform that’s shared by Volvo and parent company Geely in compact vehicles, including the XC40, the coupe-like hatchback is already in development. The information was confirmed by the Swedish automaker’s Research and Development chief Henrik Green, who admitted that it will arrive with a modular battery system.

The minimum range is currently not confirmed, but it seems that top-of-the-line models will get to travel for around 310 miles (500km) in between chargers.

“That’s the area [of range] we’re aiming at. We’re in the middle of development, and we are constantly chasing new steps. It’s quite different to develop a car compared to 5 or 10 years ago. You set a prerequisite 3 or 4 years before a car’s launch, and you run towards that target, and if you did well, you came out with a competitive offer”, said Green.

Volvo could offer a fully electric version of the XC40 as well. Moreover, its high-performance division, Polestar, plans to introduce three more vehicles besides the already unveiled Polestar 1.

The Polestar 2 zero-emission midsize saloon is said to arrive at the end of next year, followed in 2020 by the Polestar 3 electric crossover. The Polestar 4 should complete the family, coming before the end of 2020, probably as a convertible based on the Polestar 1.

Note: Volvo 40.2 Concept pictured

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  • Alter Ego

    Sexy. I like the shape. Reminds me of the Tc.

  • Bash

    Cool.
    Side note.. why cant ford do the same with the Edge. The Edge is the perfect balanced shape for an EV, it have all the space to pack the batteries and all.

  • what’s the point of Polestar again?

    • Bo Hanan

      Thank you!

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