Volvo enters a new age as their very first full-electric vehicle officially begins production – the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric P8.

The XC40 EV is the first of many more fully-electric models to come from the Swedish automaker. More importantly, it marks a significant step as Volvo aims to reduce its carbon footprint by up to 40% per car by 2025. In the same period, the automaker hopes to have 50% of its global sales consist of fully EVs with the rest being hybrids.

Volvo's first fully electric vehicle is based on the popular XC40 crossover but uses twin electric motors instead of an internal combustion engine. Despite being an EV, it is still based on the automaker's new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) which was co-developed within the Geely Group. The all-wheel-drive XC40 EV produces a combined output of 408 horsepower and 659 Nm torque, making it one of the most powerful Volvos out there.

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According to the Swedish automaker, the XC40 Recharge P8 can do around 400 km (based on the WLTP) on a single charge. The battery can then be recharged to 80% in around 40 minutes by using a fast-charge system. Since it is essentially an XC40, you get all the amenities and features as you would in the non-EV variant. It even has more space since the engine bay has been converted to a “frunk”.

Volvo says the start of customer car production follows a period of preparation in which the Ghent plant has built a limited number of pre-production cars. This process, a standard procedure for every new model, aims to optimize the production flow and ensure top-notch quality of every car built there. 

“Today is a momentous occasion for Volvo Cars and for all employees here in Ghent,” said Javier Varela, Head of Global Industrial Operations and Quality. “As we continue to electrify our line-up, the Ghent plant is a real trailblazer for our global manufacturing network.”

Will we see the Volvo XC40 Recharge P8 in the Philippines? Hopefully so. It would certainly match their lineup of hybrid lineups in the country.