Volvo electric car: prices, release dates and upcoming Volvo EV models in Australia
Sweden has a great history of world famous brands – IKEA, Spotify, ABBA – but none have been around as long as Volvo, the epitome of “safe and sensible”.
It might be a little less Swedish these days – Chinese automotive multinational Geely Holding Group took ownership of Volvo in 2010 – but the brand will forever be synonymous with the land of meatballs, herring and blondes.
Volvo ventured into the world of electric vehicles (EVs) with the Volvo C30 DRIVe Electric (DRIVe, see what they did there?) Concept car, which made its debut at the Paris Motor Show in Paris 2010.
Volvo’s first fully electric road car, the Volvo C30 DRIVe Electric premium compact sedan, featured an 82 kW electric motor powered by a 24 kWh lithium-ion battery, delivering a top speed of 130 km / h and an all-electric range of up to 150km.
In a move by Volvo that firmly underlined its intention to market the car as a fuel-free vehicle with low environmental impact, the Volvo C30 DRIVe Electric was involved in the 2011 Tonne Life project, which saw a family entrusted with the task to live as environmentally friendly as possible for a period of six months (they also didn’t have to worry when those months turned cold: the C30 was tested in winter conditions at such low temperatures than -20 ° C).
The Volvo C30 DRIVe Electric was only intended to be produced in small numbers and was therefore intended only for leasing to businesses and government agencies.
As is the case with low-production models, the Volvo C30 DRIVe electric car was discontinued in 2013, but not before securing a little piece of fame: it shared first place in the Michelin Challenge Bibendum rally from 130 km to Berlin in 2011, also winning awards. for handling, well-to-wheel carbon dioxide emissions and local emissions en route.
A lot of time has passed between (electric) drinks for Volvo, with the first mainstream commercial Volvo EV not appearing in Australia until 2021.
The Volvo XC40 Recharge is a mid-size all-wheel drive SUV, available in all-electric and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) versions.
The C30 DRIVe Electric and XC40 Recharge Electric models aren’t Volvo’s only forays into vehicles using alternative fuel sources: in the past it has developed flexible fuel vehicles (cars that run on gasoline mixed with ethanol or methanol), the Volvo ECC (Environmental Concept Car) turbine hybrid and “Drive E”, a range of vehicles equipped with forced induction four-cylinder engines.
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Volvo EV available in Australia
Volvo XC40 Electric Charging
Price: $ 76,990, plus road charges
Although offered at a reasonably high price, the Volvo XC40 Recharge Electric is below the NSW Government’s threshold for EV stamp duty exemption (effective from September 2021), this which means that drivers can happily keep an extra $ 3,000 in their pockets than they ‘re spending on stamp duty (the Victorian government is also offering a $ 3,000 rebate for electric vehicles under $ 68,750, but it also introduced a road user tax for electric vehicles of 2.5 cents per kilometer).
Safety features are a given with a Volvo, so let’s get down to business for this Tesla Model Y SUV rival: the XC40 Recharge Electric comes with dual electric motors delivering a total of 300 kW of power and 660 Nm of torque, all of which are powered by a substantial 78 kWh battery that can offer a range of up to 418 km.
Charging times vary depending on a number of factors, but a DC fast charger should see an empty battery charge to 80% in about 40 minutes.
There’s also a PHEV version available for $ 69,990 plus highway costs, for those not yet ready to commit to an all-electric model.
Volvo also currently has two other PHEVs available in Australia: the Volvo XC90 Recharge, a seven-seater all-wheel-drive SUV with an all-electric range of 44 km ($ 97,990 plus on road costs) and the Volvo XC60 Polestar Engineered ( $ 99,990 more on the road). costs), although this model is being phased out to make way for a new Volvo XC60 Recharge PHEV 2022 which will arrive in late 2021 / early 2022.
The future of electrified Volvo vehicles
Volvo has said it plans to make only electric cars by 2030, saying there is “no future” for vehicles powered by internal combustion engines that cause harmful emissions.
Taking inspiration from Tesla’s playbook, Volvo also said that its all-electric model line will not be available online until 2030, which is good news if you have an internet connection, and less so. if you don’t have one.
Volvo has also predicted that half of its global sales will be fully electric by 2025, with the rest being hybrid models.
With plans to drop $ 1 billion a year on electrification and range, expect a slew of Volvo EVs to start arriving soon.