9:30 PM | November 16 2020
Volvo Cars starts production of fully electric XC40
Assembly of the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric is underway in Belgium to mark a production milestone.
The first of several fully electric Volvo vehicles set to be built in the coming years has started to roll off the company’s production line in Ghent, Belgium.
Assembly of the Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric represents a significant step towards Volvo Cars’ ambition to reduce its CO2 footprint per car by 40 per cent by 2025.
That same year, it expects 50 per cent of its global sales to consist of fully electric cars, with the rest hybrids.
Customer demand for the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric has been strong and, while order books remain open, every car scheduled to be built this calendar year has already been sold.
The start of customer car production follows a period of preparation in which the Ghent plant has built a limited number of pre-production cars. This process – standard procedure for every new model – aims to optimise the production flow and ensure top-notch quality of every car built. All relevant production staff have also received extensive training on safely building electric cars.
“Today is a momentous occasion for Volvo Cars and for all employees here in Ghent,” said Javier Varela, head of global industrial operations and quality. “As we continue to electrify our line-up, the Ghent plant is a real trailblazer for our global manufacturing network.”
As a fully electric version of the best-selling XC40 SUV, the first Volvo to win the prestigious European Car of the Year award, the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric is based on the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), an advanced vehicle platform co-developed within the Geely Group.
The all-wheel-drive XC40 Recharge Pure Electric offers a projected range of more than 400km (WLTP, Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure) on a single charge. The battery can charge to 80 per cent of its capacity in approximately 40 minutes on a fast-charger system.
The new, Android-powered infotainment system offers customers unprecedented personalisation, improved levels of intuitiveness and embedded Google technology and services, such as the Google Assistant, Google Maps and the Google Play Store. The XC40 Recharge Pure Electric also receives bigger software and operating system updates over the air.
Volvo Cars safety engineers have built upon the excellent safety standards of the original XC40. They have completely redesigned and reinforced the frontal structure to address the absence of an engine - ensuring the Recharge Pure Electric meets Volvo’s high safety requirements and helps keep people as safe as in any other Volvo.
The battery pack is protected by a safety cage embedded in the middle of the car’s body structure. Its placement in the floor of the car also lowers the centre of gravity of the car, for better protection against roll-overs.
Inside, an innovative approach to all-round functionality gives drivers plenty of storage space – in the doors and in the boot, for example. Owing to the lack of an internal combustion engine, the vehicle gives drivers even more storage space via a so-called ‘frunk’ under the front hood.
The Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric is due in Australia in 2021.