Volvo Car has started production of the XC40 Recharge, the first of several fully electric Volvos to come.
The car’s frontal structure has been completely redesigned and reinforced to address the absence of an engine. This meets Volvo’s high safety requirements and helps keep people as safe as in any other Volvo.
The battery pack is protected by a safety cage embedded in the middle of the car’s body structure. Its placement in the floor of the car also lowers the centre of gravity of the car, for better protection against roll-overs.
Because it has no internal combustion engine, the car gives drivers even more storage space via a so-called ‘frunk’ under the front hood.
It is expected to arrive in Irish showrooms from July next year. Pricing has yet to be announced.