Electric XC40 confirmed as brand's first EV

Volvo XC40

The XC40 is already offered in plug-in guise

Swedish company will then follow with an electric XC90

Volvo design chief Thomas Ingenlath has confirmed that the brand’s first fully electric car will be a version of the XC40.

Speaking at the reveal of the new S60 sports saloon, Ingenlath said that it would come after the firm’s electric division Polestar launches its second car, the 2 that’s due in 2019, and would be followed by an electric version of the Volvo XC90.

“The first [electric car] to come won’t be an exotic car, it will be part of our regular product range,” he said. “We want to introduce full electric variants of cars in our regular product range.”

Both all-electric Volvos are due with lithium-ion battery power, like their sibling from sister brand Polestar. The XC40 EV will join the XC40 plug-in hybrid in the range to give that car two electrified variants.

Once its first fully electric cars arrive, Ingenlath said that “electric cars will come step after step”. Volvo has set itself a target for 50% of its sales volume to be for fully electric cars by 2025.

The Swedish car maker, which is owned by Chinese giant Geely, has pledged to launch an electrified version of every model in its line-up from 2019. Every Volvo will eventually be offered with a mild hybrid, hybrid or battery-electric powertrain option.

The new S60, revealed today, illustrates the philosophy, as it comes with two plug-in hybrid variants, the T8 Twin Engine, which produces a combined 385bhp, and a Polestar Engineered performance version of the same model. The latter has been developed by Volvo’s new performance sub-brand and produces a combined power output of 409bhp.

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Source: Autocar Online

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