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Welcome to the electric world of tomorrow

A note to the future electric vehicle driver: here’s everything you’ve ever wanted to know about driving an EV.

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Chapter 1: The climate commitment

Since 1927, Volvo has pioneered safety features we now take for granted, such as the three-point safety belt — along with airbags, crumple zones, and the ability to pass Sweden’s infamous “moose test” (complete with moose-shaped test dummy).

But now, climate change is a greater threat with every passing year. In response, Volvo aims to become an entirely carbon-neutral automaker by 2040. By 2030, the Volvo lineup will be fully electric, and by 2025, a quarter of the materials in each Volvo will be made from recycled or bio-based sources.

In the midst of all of those big changes, Volvo started first with its purely electric SUV, the XC40 Recharge. And it first had to pioneer an all-new solution to the lack of engine in an electric vehicle.

Chapter 2: The EV battery

Let’s recap quickly — you’ve already learned that what’s under the hood of an EV isn’t what you’re used to. Remember, no engine? No problem. An electric vehicle has one or multiple electric motors connected to an enlarged battery pack that’s mounted low in the drivetrain, for weight balance. The small space of an electric motor also means more cargo and passenger space.

When building the XC40 Recharge, Volvo had to find a way to protect the battery in case of a collision, and — obviously, help keep passengers safe. Enter the newly designed safety cage: a structure not just used for passengers but also for keeping the battery safe and secure. It’s a frame of extruded aluminum, embedded in the middle of the car’s body structure to create a built-in crumple zone around the battery.

With the battery in the floor, low in the drivetrain, the XC40 Recharge’s center of gravity is lower, which helps reduce the chances of rollovers.

In addition to the safety features of the battery, Volvo is also focusing on how to improve its battery sustainability. The automaker has recently partnered with Swedish company Northvolt to increase the energy density in its battery cells, up to 50 percent more.* And, that’s just the beginning. Their goals within the next decade? Cut current charging time in half, increase the driving range to more than 60 miles, and produce batteries using 100 percent renewable energy.

But now, to the question on everyone’s mind — how hard is it to charge an EV? Here’s the good news: If you can charge your phone, then you can charge your XC40 Recharge.

Just like you saw in EV Driver’s Ed your XC40 Recharge can go from 10 to 80 percent in a mere 40 minutes while you’re at a public charging station. But, it’s important to note you don’t want to let it run down to zero percent battery either. To keep your battery working at its best, always charge it to about 80 to 90 percent to maintain optimal battery health.

And if you’re charging at home, you’ve got options with any kind of outlet you already have.

*Compared to what’s currently available.

*Times reflect 0 to 100 percent charge, an optimal charge is from 10 to 80 percent


Chapter 3: The Bonus Features

You’ve seen what makes the Recharge stand out in a sea of other EVs — now onto the fun stuff. Here’s what else the XC40 Recharge has going for it:

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