Volvo introduced Thursday that manufacturing of its first totally electrical automobile, the XC40 T8 Recharge, has began in Ghent, Belgium. 

The electrical SUV is sure for the U.S. beginning late this 12 months, and when it comes to pricing, efficiency, and packaging, it’s shaping as much as be one of many closest rivals yet to the Tesla Model Y.

Volvo Vehicles North America advised Inexperienced Automobile Experiences and a gaggle of journalists Thursday that whereas demonstration vehicles are more likely to arrive at many dealerships in December, first deliveries received’t doubtless begin till January. 

2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge P8 - Los Angeles reveal, October 2019

2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge P8 – Los Angeles reveal, October 2019

Revealed final October, the 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge ultimate specs and pricing have but to be confirmed for the U.S.

The Recharge was engineered and developed concurrently with the Polestar 2 by the identical Volvo-led engineering groups in Sweden, and with the identical designer, Thomas Ingenlath. 

Each fashions have 78-kwh (75-kwh usable) battery packs configured right into a ‘T’ below the again seat and drive tunnel, plus entrance and rear 150-kw motors. Volvo guarantees a 0-60 mph time of 4.7 seconds for the 402-hp dual-motor automobile, in addition to an anticipated vary of greater than 200 miles. 

2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge

2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge

The XC40 Recharge can fast-charge at 150 kw, permitting a cost to 80% in about 40 minutes. At launch, the Android-based, Google-supported navigation system could have the aptitude to make use of power consumption and the battery’s state of cost to counsel DC fast-charging stops alongside the route, modifying the arrival time based mostly on the anticipated size of the cost cease. 

Volvo confirmed that in U.S. spec the XC40 Recharge will include a warmth pump and different cold-weather options that correspond with its providing throughout the U.S., not simply in California emissions states. 

Volvo opened U.S. pre-orders for the XC40 Recharge again in January, and it’s reportedly bought out the primary 12 months of manufacturing based mostly on the variety of totally refundable $1,000 pre-orders it’s acquired. Within the absence of actual pricing, Volvo has stated the Recharge will price about $55,000, or roughly $48,000 when factoring within the vacation spot payment and eligibility for the $7,500 EV tax credit score. 

The corporate plans to introduce one totally electrical mannequin annually till 2025, with goals to make totally electrical automobiles half of its world gross sales by 2025, with the rest hybrids. It concedes that its proportion of EVs doubtless received’t be fairly that prime for the U.S. market.