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Volvo Cars Unveils Its First-ever Fully Electric Car

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Swedish luxury auto maker Volvo Cars unveiled its first fully electric car, the XC40 Recharge.

The XC40 Recharge is a part of the electrified car portfolio that Volvo plans to introduce under the new 'Recharge' sub-brand. The company said it plans to launch a fully electric car every year over the next five years. Volvo aims to make all-electric cars 50 percent of global sales by 2025, with the rest hybrids.

"We have said this several times before: for Volvo Cars, the future is electric," said Håkan Samuelsson, chief executive. "Today we take a major new step in that direction with the launch of our fully electric XC40 and the Recharge car line."

The XC40 Recharge offers a range of over 400 km (WLTP) on a single charge and output of 408hp, Volvo Cars said. The battery charges to 80 % of its capacity in 40 mins on a fast-charger system.

The new vehicle sports a Android-powered infotainment system which is fully integrated with Volvo On Call, the company's digital connected services platform. Via Volvo On Call plug-in hybrid drivers can track how much time they spend driving on electric power.

To encourage electric vehicles, every Volvo Recharge plug-in hybrid model will come with free electricity for a year, provided through a refund for the average electricity cost during that period.

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