The Volvo XC40 will be the first battery electric car from Volvo and will arrive in 2019 after the Polestar 2. It will be followed by an electric XC90.
We know Volvo is busy ditching diesel engines and heading towards an electric future, one dominated by BEVs and PHEVs.
What we also thought we knew, and now know we’re right, is that the first battery electric car from Volvo will be an electric Volvo XC40.
Speaking to Autocar, Volvo’s Thomas Ingenlath has confirmed that the electric XC40 will be Volvo’s first production electric car, and it will arrive shortly after the Polestar 2 – also a BEV – is revealed next year. It will be followed by an electric version of the next generation XC90.
Ingenlath was keen to point out that Volvo will not be following the route of other car makers by developing a range of standalone electric cars, but will be using an EV powertrain as an option across its whole range. Of which we approve.
What we also know, although Ingenlath didn’t confirm it, is that Volvo will offer at least two different sizes of battery packs in the XC40 EV, with an entry-level model offering less power and range for those who want an EV for around town, and a more powerful model with a bigger range for the rest of us.
Volvo has also trademarked the names P5 through to P10 which we’re assuming denote different battery and power ranges for the BEVs, covering all models from the 40 Series to the 90 Series.
And don’t be surprised if even the electric Volvos offer a Polestar Engineered version too.