What it seems the world is waiting for is a pure electric SUV which is more affordable than an Audi e-tron, Mercedes EQC and Jaguar I-Pace but a step above something like an MG SV. That car could well be the Volvo XC40 Recharge.
When it goes on sale later this year it’ll cost £53,155, with cheaper versions being introduced in 2021. That’s still a lot of money, but the Volvo does seem like a pretty attractive package.
For starters, it is really fast. Its two motors produce 402bhp, which is more than a Porsche 911. In fact, each of those two motors is more powerful than the top-of-the-range petrol engine in the XC40 line up.
If you don’t use too much of that performance when driving the official figures suggest you’ll be able to travel about 248 miles before needing a charge. When you finally do need to plug in, it’ll accept one of the new 150kW rapid chargers, allowing you to get to 80% capacity in about 40 minutes.
It’s not the only interesting technology in the XC40. It will be the first car to feature Volvo’s new infotainment system which is powered by Google’s Android operating system. It’s supposed to have the best voice recognition of any car and, just like Teslas, it will get updates over the airwaves so it can have the latest apps and software. You wake up one morning and your car will have upgraded itself.
The rest of the car is pretty much standard XC40, which means it’s got a lovely interior, and although the boot is a bit smaller than the non-electric version, you do get an extra 31 litre compartment under the bonnet to store your charge cables.
So the XC40 seems like a pretty good bet, but there are still a few months before the first cars will be delivered (and we can get behind the wheel to tell you how it drives) and a lot can change in the electric car world in that time. Not least the arrival of the SUV-shaped, more practical Tesla Model Y. That’s sure to be an interesting battle, so keep an eye out for the first reviews on electrifying.com.