Going from combustion engines to electric is the biggest change yet in the history of the automobile. It means exhaust pipes or grille openings are things of the past, while the removal of combustion engine creates extra room for even more storage space under the bonnet.
As such, the electric XC40 has a covered front grille in body colour as it needs less air flow for cooling purposes. The grille also neatly packages the sensors for the new Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) sensor platform.
Inside, a brand new driver interface specifically designed for electric cars keeps drivers up to date on relevant information such as battery status.
The abundant useable storage space in the cabin, of which Volvo describes as “ingenious”, is remained despite the move to electric. This is because the Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) was designed from the outset with electrification in mind. The battery pack is integrated into the floor of the car without affecting interior space.
The party piece of the electric XC40, or most electric cars for that matter, is a special front load compartment (front trunk or ‘frunk’) that provides around 30 litres of extra load space because an electric motor takes less space than a combustion engine.
Volvo will reveal more details about the fully electric XC40 in the coming weeks, before it will be first shown to the public on October 16.