Volvo’s Getting All Charged Up About Electric XC40

Volvo XC40 BEV design sketch Volvo XC40 EV | Manufacturer image

Volvo has been slowly electrifying its lineup by adding plug-in hybrid versions to existing models, such as the T8 trim available on the XC90 and XC60, among other models. Now it’s time to go all in: The automaker is teasing an electric XC40 — Volvo’s first all-electric model. It’ll join the gas-powered version of the compact SUV that debuted for 2019.

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While details on the model are slim, Volvo released a sketch that shows a sleek, grille-less face in body color, as well as a smooth, modern-looking, tailpipe-free rear. The electric XC40 will be available in eight exterior colors, including a new Sage Green metallic option, with a standard contrasting black roof.

Inside, Volvo says the electric XC40 will use a new driver interface specifically designed for electric cars that will keep the driver up to date on relevant information such as battery status. Also, the battery pack is integrated into the floor, making little to no impact on occupant room and cargo room. In terms of space, Volvo says the model will have a frunk (a front trunk) as well as extra bits of storage space in the doors and under the seats, as well as a removable waste bin in the center console.

Volvo XC40 BEV design sketch Volvo XC40 EV | Manufacturer image

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The electric XC40 is the opening salvo in the automaker’s larger electric vehicle initiative. Volvo says it plans to have five new fully battery electric vehicles in its lineup by 2021.

Volvo will reveal further details about its XC40 EV in the weeks leading up to its full reveal on Oct. 16, so check back in with for updates.’s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with’s long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don’t accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of’s advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

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