Electrification is the future when it comes to automobiles and not to be left behind, Volvo ‘s first production ready electric vehicle will be arriving next year.
Based on the 40.2 concept that was first shown in 2016, it will be the first of several electric vehicles Volvo is planning to offer. On the agenda are several electric, hybrid, and mild-hybrid vehicles with the first one joining the 40-badged family of models as a full electric car.
According to AutoCar, the production model will closely resemble other models in the ’40’ lineup. Meaning we can expect to see a coupé-like hatchback that looks similar to the outgoing XC40 and it should be sitting on Volvo’s new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA). What’s more, even the battery is modular, though Volvo has yet to decide what the minimum electric range will be.
Maybe it’ll mirror the concept’s range of 217 miles, or the electric car could travel for around 310 miles (500km), which is what R&D boss Henrik Green says they’re aiming for. More than 300 miles per charge could put Volvo’s offering on equal footing with the likes of Volkswagen’s ID electric line-up.
This number if what they’re currently aiming for, but that could change in a short amount of time. Green said: "it feels like every month we are updating the requirement, trying to add new competitive edges to the car because the technology is moving so fast now on a lot of areas, so it’s much more of a moving target.”