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Volvo all-electric version of XC40 compact CUV.

Thu Jun 28, 2018 5:25 pm

Time for XC40EV thread?

I'm not particularly impressed.

But who knows, maybe the typical American buyer does want their BEV to look just like the ICEV tall wagons (CUVs) that they've been buying.

And Volvo seems to know their semi-prestige, semi-luxury market quite well, so they may move a lot of these at ~$50k.

Volvo CEO: Our EVs Will Be Profitable Right Away

The Swedish-Chinese automaker’s first EV is expected to be an all-electric version of its new XC40 compact CUV.


Volvo Cars plans to introduce its first fully electrified vehicle at the end of next year, and the automaker’s CEO vows that even at a relatively inexpensive price point, it will be a money-maker...

While the XC40 electric has been reported to be coming as low as $35,000-$40,000, Samuelsson implies it may be closer to $50,000.

When asked if Volvo can profitably sell an EV “in the $50,000 range,” the CEO says yes. “We are planning that should be a profitable car.”...

He notes Volvo’s electrification strategy is to offer autonomous technology, expected to be pricey and thus off-putting to many vehicle buyers, on its highest grades in a given model’s lineup...

http://www.wardsauto.com/technology/vol ... Track=true

The Ice version is already configurable, here:

https://www.volvocars.com/us/cars/new-m ... ompact+suv
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Re: Volvo all-electric version of XC40 compact CUV.

Sat Jun 30, 2018 3:53 pm

edatoakrun wrote:Time for XC40EV thread?

I'm not particularly impressed.

But who knows, maybe the typical American buyer does want their BEV to look just like the ICEV tall wagons (CUVs) that they've been buying.

And Volvo seems to know their semi-prestige, semi-luxury market quite well, so they may move a lot of these at ~$50k.

Actually, I'm quite impressed :)
It's what I've been saying for years, actually make a BEV in the design of what people are actually buying in ICE versions :idea:
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Re: Volvo all-electric version of XC40 compact CUV.

Sat Jun 30, 2018 4:01 pm

This is certainly interesting, but I don't know if the public will immediately embrace it.
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Re: Volvo all-electric version of XC40 compact CUV.

Sat Jun 30, 2018 4:16 pm

armmynissanleaf wrote:This is certainly interesting, but I don't know if the public will immediately embrace it.

This week's Motorweek on PBS reviewed the ICE XC-40 and were quite impressed. They mentioned a coming PHEV and BEV. The ICE version is priced about $15k less than the $50k mentioned here for the BEV, $35k for a somewhat loaded base and $40k for the top trim model.
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Re: Volvo all-electric version of XC40 compact CUV.

Sat Jun 30, 2018 7:15 pm

I'd ONLY consider an EV from Volvo now, as their ICE cars are now powered mainly by Chinese turbo fours that probably won't last 80k miles.
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Re: Volvo all-electric version of XC40 compact CUV.

Sat Jun 30, 2018 8:41 pm

jjeff wrote:
armmynissanleaf wrote:This is certainly interesting, but I don't know if the public will immediately embrace it.

This week's Motorweek on PBS reviewed the ICE XC-40 and were quite impressed. They mentioned a coming PHEV and BEV. The ICE version is priced about $15k less than the $50k mentioned here for the BEV, $35k for a somewhat loaded base and $40k for the top trim model.

The EV will have at least $7500 in federal tax credits for those eligible, so depending on packaging it may be price competitive with the ICE.
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Re: Volvo all-electric version of XC40 compact CUV.

Sun Jul 01, 2018 7:45 am

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jjeff wrote:
armmynissanleaf wrote:This is certainly interesting, but I don't know if the public will immediately embrace it.

This week's Motorweek on PBS reviewed the ICE XC-40 and were quite impressed. They mentioned a coming PHEV and BEV. The ICE version is priced about $15k less than the $50k mentioned here for the BEV, $35k for a somewhat loaded base and $40k for the top trim model.

The EV will have at least $7500 in federal tax credits for those eligible, so depending on packaging it may be price competitive with the ICE.

Good point!
And as far as where they are made, I had thought China but at least the ICE XC-40 was said to be made in Belgium according to Motorweek.
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Re: Volvo all-electric version of XC40 compact CUV.

Sun Jul 01, 2018 2:42 pm

And as far as where they are made, I had thought China but at least the ICE XC-40 was said to be made in Belgium according to Motorweek.


As I understand it, Volvo kept their European car production facilities, but gets the motors from China. RIP the B230T!
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