Volvo launches the XC40 plug-in and the electric twin will soon arrive

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In the family of Volvo SUVs, marked by the initials XC, the compact 40 is carving out an increasingly important space thanks to the wide technical proposal. The engine range opens with three-cylinder petrol from 129 to 163 hp and diesel 2.0 from 150 hp, to switch to mild hybrid versions. Here the 4-cylinder petrol engines B4 and B5 used a 48 V electrical contribution to reach the overall power of 211 and 264 hp.

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Land more recent news of the XC40 are the Recharge versions, the rechargeable front-wheel drive hybrid already available, and the Pure Electric P8 AWS, fully electric, which will arrive at the end of the year. The first, the Plug-In Hybrid, mounts the 180 bhp 3-cylinder supercharged engine, flanked by an 82 bhp electric motor, for a total power of 262 bhp. The most interesting aspect is versatility. In a single car coexist different characters selectable with a button: Pure, Hybrid or Power. When you choose the Pure mode, the XC40 travels in electric, with an autonomy of about 50 km. With the battery discharged, the car automatically switches to the petrol engine. In Hybrid mode, the two engines work complementarily and the on-board electronics choose the most efficient solution. In Power, both engines give the maximum of 262 hp. Result: one click from 0 to 100 times in 7.3 seconds.

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Charging times are around 3 hours. Fuel consumption in the combined cycle varies from 2.0 liters / 15.7 kWh to 2.4 liters / 16.8 kWh per 100 km, while CO2 emissions range from 45 to 55 g / km. The price of the plug-in hybrid ranges from 48 to around 51 thousand euros. But it goes down thanks to the state Ecobonus. Not to mention the other advantages: stamp duty, insurance, free access to restricted traffic areas …

The XC40 Recharge P8 AWD will arrive at the end of the year. This all-electric all-electric vehicle uses an innovative 408 hp engine with an autonomy of over 400 km (WLTP cycle) and supercar performance (0-100 in 4.9 seconds). With fast charging, 85% of the full tank is done in 40 minutes. Price: starting from 60,480 euros for the Pure Electric P8 AWD Geartronic.

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The Swedes (controlled by the Chinese giant Geely) they have clear ideas about their future. In the next four years, they will introduce an all-electric car per year, thus pursuing the goal of increasing the share of electric cars to 50% of the global sales by 2025, with the remaining part of hybrid vehicles.

March 17, 2020 (change March 20, 2020 | 18:28)

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