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Volvo introduces fully electric suv XC40 with Android Automotive software

Volvo has announced its first fully electrically powered car, the XC40 Recharge. The SUV has a range of 400 kilometers. The infotainment system is based on Android Automotive and integrated with the Volvo On Call platform.

The XC40 Recharge is the first of a series of electric cars that Volvo will release. The company promises to introduce a fully electrically powered car every year for the next five years to meet its target that by 2025 half of its sales will be EVs, with the remainder being hybrid models.

With a fully charged 78kWh battery, the range of the XC40 would be more than 400 kilometers, measured by Volvo on the basis of wltp and epa driving cycles. Via fast charging, the battery could be charged from 10 percent to 80 percent in forty minutes, with alternating current of 150kW.

The suv’s engine has a power of 408 hp and delivers 660 Nm of torque. The vehicle can accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 4.9 seconds. The vehicle is based on Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture, a flexible vehicle platform that Volvo unveiled in 2015 and which it is working on together with the Chinese company Geely.

The infotainment platform is based on Android Automotive. Unlike Android Auto, this is a self-contained OS that auto manufacturers can adjust to their own insights. Volvo is one of the first manufacturers to apply this. The system provides access to, among other things, Google Maps, the Google Assistant and the Play Store without the need for a smartphone to be connected. In addition, access to vehicle data such as battery status is possible via integration with Volvo’s On Call platform.

The XC40 appears in the third quarter of next year for a starting price of 59,900 euros.

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