Volvo launches its smallest, all-electric SUV
Establishment, sustainability, recovery... these are all terms associated with Scandinavia, including Swedish automotive giant Volvo.
The latter has recently introduced one of the newest and smallest models in the range: the fully electric compact SUV called the EX 30.
Recycled metals are used to make the bodywork, the interior lining is made mostly from PET packaging, and the fabric used to cover the interior of the car is taken from old, discarded jeans.
However, the EX 30 is anything but a collection of recycled details: it's a super-modern car that can make a lot of noise in its segment.
With a length of about 4.2 meters, the EX 30 enters the segment of very popular city SUVs, such as the VW T-Roc and the Opel Crossland, where the premium sub-segment is dominated by the Audi Q2 and the BMW X2.
Interestingly, with the price of the base version of 40.709 euros, the new Volvo is not significantly more expensive than the performance and equipment of the corresponding gasoline or diesel versions of the aforementioned competitors, and this is precisely the revolution.
Never before has an electric car competed with rivals in its segment on price, and we can say that it still has many arguments on its side.
Thus, the basic version is powered by a 272 horsepower engine, which accelerates the car to 100 km/h in 5.6 seconds and with a standard battery can travel 344 km. With a larger capacity battery, the range increases to a respectable 476 km.
Those looking for performance can choose a version with two engines, each driving one axle, and 428 horsepower make the performance literally sporty. Acceleration to 100 km/h takes only 3.6 seconds, and with a full battery you can travel 450 km.
All information about the operation of the car can be read on the screen located in the center with a diameter of 12,3 inches, which is easy to control from the driver's position.
Some functions are controlled via the multifunction steering wheel. It goes without saying that connectivity with mobile devices is maximized: the car can charge smart phones and the integrated SIM card enables connectivity and telemetry according to the 5G standard.
In this way, the car's electronics can be updated in real time, and Volvo claims that the EX 30 will - over time - become smarter. /KSP
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