• This is the XC40 Recharge, Volvo's new battery electric crossover. It goes on sale next year at about $55,000 before you take any tax incentives into account. Brian Won
  • You'll know it's a battery EV XC40 because the front grille is blanked. Brian Won
  • All plug-in Volvos will now be branded "Recharge." Brian Won
  • The XC40 Recharge has a conventional BEV layout because its Compact Modular Architecture was designed from the ground up to build BEVs as well as conventionally powered vehicles. Brian Won
  • The XC40 gets a 78kWh battery pack. Brian Won
  • It will charge at up to 150kW. Assuming the battery is the right temperature, a 0-80% charge will take about 40 minutes at that power. Brian Won
  • "Thor's hammer" headlights are now a Volvo signature. Brian Won
  • Volvo interiors are some of the best in the business. Brian Won
  • The infotainment system is all-new and now Android-based. Brian Won
  • This looks a lot funkier than the XC40 I drove earlier this year. Which reminds me—I need to finish that review… Brian Won
  • Unlike some other BEVs, there's actually useable space in the nose of the XC40 Recharge. Brian Won
  • The rear looks like it has decent storage space as well.
  • The XC40's back seat. Brian Won
  • Other than the flat grille, this is one of the only clues that you're looking at an electric car.
  • Or if you have great eyes, you'll spot the P8 badge on the back. Brian Won

Volvo was one of the first automakers to declare its plans to do something about carbon emissions. In 2017, the Swedish OEM announced that it was abandoning development of diesel engines. A few weeks later, it promised that every new Volvo introduced from 2019 would be electrified in some form, whether that be as a mild hybrid, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, or a battery electric vehicle.

On Wednesday, Volvo Cars President and CEO Håkan Samuelsson got even more concrete, saying that the company is aiming for plug-ins to make up 20% of all its new vehicle sales in 2020 and 50% by 2025. "Although you never really know how the customers will react," he added (customers still have to want to buy the EVs it wants to sell). To accomplish that, Volvo is going to be launching a new BEV each year. Today in Los Angeles, we got introduced to the first of these—the new battery electric XC40 SUV.

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