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Volvo announces pricing and access to nationwide charging network for the Volvo XC40 Recharge

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RICHMOND HILL, ON, Oct. 21, 2020 /CNW/ – The Volvo XC40 Recharge, the company’s first fully electric vehicle, will have an MSRP of $64,950 when it arrives in Canadian showrooms nationwide later this year.

The popular styling of the XC40 small luxury SUV benefits from the electrified propulsion system without compromising on interior space. The 402 horsepower, zero tail pipe emission, all-wheel-drive powertrain features 486 lb. ft. of linear torque. Offering a U.S. EPA-estimated 335 kilometres of range on a full charge, in about 40 minutes the 78 kilowatt-hour battery can be charged to approximately 80 percent of its capacity on a 150 kW DC fast-charger.

Fully electric Volvo XC40 introduces brand new infotainment system (CNW Group/Volvo Car Canada Ltd.)

“The XC40 Recharge is an excellent car for anyone who appreciates style and technology,” said Anders Gustafsson, Senior Vice President, Americas, and President and CEO, Volvo Car USA LLC. “The fact it is electric only adds to its appeal because it is cleaner, quieter and more responsive.”

“In addition to bringing us one step closer towards Volvo Cars’ electrification and sustainability commitments to be a climate neutral company by 2040, the XC40 Recharge is a benchmark in our safety story,” said Matt Girgis, Managing Director, Volvo Car Canada Ltd. “With the addition of this car to our Canadian product line-up, we are proud to also showcase our commitment to planetary safety.”

Volvo XC40 Recharge in Sage Green (CNW Group/Volvo Car Canada Ltd.)

The XC40 Recharge includes a long list of standard safety features and equipment. Features such as Blind Spot Information System (BLIS™) with Steer Assist, Cross Traffic Alert with Autobrake, Active Bending LED headlights, Run-off Road Protection and more are all included.

Other standard equipment includes a laminated panoramic sunroof with power sunshade, 19-inch alloy wheels, a 12.3-inch driver display and nine-inch tablet-like touchscreen, dual zone automatic climate control with CleanZone™ technology, four USB-C ports and a rear park assist camera.

Options include a Climate Package ($1,000) with heated windshield-wiper blades, heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel. The Advanced Package ($2,100) includes high pressure headlight cleaning, Pilot Assist driver assistance system with Adaptive Cruise Control, 360-degree Surround View Camera, 12-volt power outlet in the luggage area and inductive (cordless) smartphone charging.

Volvo XC40 Recharge in Glacier Silver (CNW Group/Volvo Car Canada Ltd.)

Single options include metallic paint ($900), Lava carpet ($150), 13-speaker Harman Kardon Premium Sound system ($1,250), an energy-saving heat pump ($450) to precondition the cabin temperature and extend battery range, and 20-inch five double-spoke Black Diamond Cut alloy wheels ($1,000).

Inside, an innovative approach to all-around functionality provides drivers with plenty of storage space. The XC40 Recharge offers several large and smartly designed storage compartments in the doors, under the seats and in the trunk. The absence of an internal combustion engine means that the car provides drivers with even more storage space, via a so-called ‘frunk’ storage space under the front hood.

National Charging Network

One of the greatest barriers to consumer EV adoption remains range anxiety; the concern that an EV will run out of energy before reaching a destination.

To overcome this, Volvo Car Canada Ltd. will join Volvo Car USA in a collaboration with ChargePoint, one of the world’s largest electric vehicle charging networks, to give Volvo car customers access to most of the company’s more than 115,000 places to charge, the option to purchase the top rated ChargePoint Home Flex home charger at time of purchase, as well as future integrations and features that will further enhance the driver experience.

XC40 Recharge in 729 Glacier (CNW Group/Volvo Car Canada Ltd.)

ChargePoint is a leader in EV charging, operating in 18 countries and offering a comprehensive software and hardware portfolio of solutions for commercial, fleet and residential use cases.

Beyond its own network, ChargePoint has active roaming integrations with partners including EVgo, FLO, and Greenlots among others. This means a single ChargePoint account will give Volvo customers access to more than 80 percent of public AC and DC stations across the US and Canada today with additional access in the coming months.  

“The introduction of the Volvo XC40 Recharge marks another pivotal milestone in the transition to electric mobility and ChargePoint is thrilled to partner to provide solutions and access to charging across North America,” said Bill Loewenthal, Senior Vice President, Product, ChargePoint, Inc. “As a leader in EV charging, the partnership with Volvo Cars will bring ChargePoint’s comprehensive portfolio to the entire XC40 Recharge ecosystem with the right solutions. This strategic partnership is a tangible example of how global automakers and companies like ChargePoint can partner to empower drivers with access to at-home and public charging, coupled with an easy-to-use mobile app that brings their entire charging life into one place.”

“A partnership with ChargePoint gives Volvo a way to break down the number one barrier to EV adoption, which is the ability to quickly and easily get a charge,” said Gustafsson.

“We know Canadians are actively seeking solutions to better the planet in their everyday lives,” added Girgis. “This partnership is a fundamental way of ensuring they have the tools and access they need to adopt an electrified lifestyle.”

Launched last year, Volvo Cars’ comprehensive climate plan addresses carbon emissions across all its operations and products, towards its vision to become climate-neutral by 2040.  As a first, tangible step towards its 2040 vision the company aims to reduce its lifecycle carbon footprint per car by 40 per cent by 2025.

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