- Volvo has just unveiled its latest EV, packed with high-end safety features
- This is among the few EVs to feature a LIDAR sensor for accurately determining the variable distance
- The EX90 will make its global launch in 2024
Volvo is one of the newer entrants to the EV space but is quickly churning out newer models to keep up pace with the shifting global automotive industry. In this vein, the company has just launched its new electric SUV, the EX90.
This seven-seater EV will make its debut across the world in 2024, so there’s still some waiting to do for interested buyers. Interestingly, the electric car is built using the company’s SPA2 architecture, which is also used in the making of the Polestar 3 EV.
Volvo EX90 design and features
Although this is technically the EV version of the XC90, there are some minor design differences onboard. Volvo claims it has tailored the design of the new EV to enhance the aerodynamic profile for better range. Meanwhile, the EX90 has a drag coefficient of 0.29 Cd, according to the automaker.
Inside, the EX90 features a giant 14.5-inch touchscreen with Volvo’s custom software, paired with a 25-speaker Bowers & Wilkins sound system. Some of these speakers are attached to the headrests, adding an extra dimension to in-car entertainment. 5G connectivity is included by default, enabling over-the-air updates for the EX90. Volvo has only revealed the top-of-the-line variant of the EX90, known as Ultra. It’s currently unclear if the company will have lower-spec options available.
In terms of sustainability goals, Volvo says the EX90 comprises 15% recycled steel and 15% recycled aluminium. Additionally, around 15% of the plastic used in the new Volvo EV (around 48kg) is either recycled or made using eco-friendly materials. As you would expect, the EV is packed to the brim with safety features, with the company saying the EX90 is its safest automobile yet.
The roof of the EX90 will include a LIDAR sensor to enable a significantly superior driver assistance system. There’s also a steering assist tech included which can assist the driver in switching lanes. Some of the sensors included within the interiors can warn drivers when they’re feeling sleepy or distracted on the road.
These features will be complemented by a series of cameras to enable autonomous driving, which Volvo calls the Pilot Assist system. It won’t be included by default, however, as Volvo will require the EV owner to purchase a subscription to enable “unsupervised autonomous driving.”
Volvo EX90 performance and range
Volvo’s new EV will be available with an all-wheel drive twin-motor configuration, generating 408 horsepower and 770Nm of torque. Meanwhile, the EX90 Performance versions can take things up a notch by delivering 517hp and 910Nm torque. Despite the powerful credentials, Volvo says the top speed will be capped at 180 kilometres per hour.
There’s a 111 kWh battery underneath, which can run for an estimated 600 km, according to the WLTP cycle. Fast charging is supported as well, with the ability to recharge from 10 to 80% in less than 30 minutes. The EX90 also features “Plug and Charge,” a soon-to-be-launched feature which will deal with the payments and begin charging whenever the EV is plugged in at a supported charging station. Bi-directional charging, or the ability to charge other appliances, and even homes, will also be available with Volvo’s latest EV. However, the availability of this feature may be limited to certain regions, at least initially.
Volvo EX90 availability
Volvo hasn’t offered an estimated price range for the new EV, which is understandable given that the EV is still over a year away. It seems like the company may prioritize the EV’s launch in the U.S. and Europe before it is launched in India, though the manufacturer may end up taking a different route altogether.
The automaker said that production of the EV will commence in late 2023 at the company’s production unit in Charleston, North Carolina (US) and also at the manufacturer’s unit in Chengdu, China in 2024.
Customers in India can already get a Volvo-made EV, thanks to the recent launch of the XC40 recharge. The Volvo C40 Recharge is slated to arrive in 2023, making it the company’s second EV to launch in the country.
Via: Autocar India