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Electric Volvo XC40 Recharge Arrives With 249-Mile Range

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2020 Volvo XC40 Recharge Electric SUV

The Swedish automaker’s first all-electric vehicle offers 408 horsepower and 249 miles of driving range.

Volvo has taken the wraps off the XC40 Recharge, the first of many all-electric vehicles it has planned for the coming years.

The electric SUV looks nearly identical to the internal-combustion and hybrid XC40 variants, yet the lack of a grille makes it standout as the pure battery-powered EV of the lineup. It can also be ordered with a new color called Sage Green.

The elimination of the XC40’s combustion engine makes room for a little storage compartment under the hood. In other words, there is a frunk.

2020 Volvo XC40 Recharge Electric SUV, interior

Electric motors mounted at each axle gives the XC40 Recharge 408 horsepower to work with, as well as all-wheel. The the battery pack, which can be recharged up to 80 percent capacity in 40 minutes when using a fast charger, delivers a driving range of up to 249 miles (400 kilometers) on Europe’s WLTP cycle.

Like the exterior, the interior is nearly identical to the other XC40 models, with the exception of the new Android-powered infotainment system, which includes Google Assistant, Google Maps and Google Play Store.

Volvo expects electric vehicles to account for half of its global sales by 2025, with hybrid models constituting the remainder. All electrified models — plug-in hybrids and EVs — will fall under the company’s ‘Recharge’ sub-brand.

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Ford Mustang Mach-E Has 300-Mile Range, Priced At $44K

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The GT model can hit 60 mph in the mid-three-second range.

Photos, specifications and pricing for the Ford Mustang Mach-E have leaked just days before the electric vehicle’s official debut.

member Buzznwood managed to capture screenshots of Ford’s official web page for the Mach-E before it was taken down.

From the screen, we see that the Mach-E will be available in both rear- and all-wheel-drive configurations. Buyers will have the choice of five trim levels: Select, California Route 1, Premium, First Edition and GT.

The Select trim level starts at $34,895 and has a driving range up to 230 miles (370 km), while the Premium models ($50,600) and California Route 1 ($52,400) get up to 300 miles (483 km) on a full charge.

With a starting price of $60 000, the Mach-E GT can travel up to 235 miles (378 km) and is capable of accelerating from a 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in the mid 3-second range.

The Ford Mustang Mach-E Premium, as well as a First Edition model, go on sale in late 2020, while Select and California Rt. 1 versions will arrive in early 2021.

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Ford Names Its Electric SUV ‘Mustang Mach-E’

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The company has slapped the Mustang badge on a battery-powered SUV.

Ford has given its new all-electric crossover a name — Mustang Mach-E!

As the newest member of the Mustang family, the Mustang Mach-E is a far cry from what you would expect from the iconic nameplate. It’s not a car, let alone a coupe, nor is it powered by an internal combustion engine.

The decision to repurpose the Mustang name for a four-door electric SUV is certainly controversial, but what if it was the only way Ford could keep the Mustang line viable?

Sports cars don’t sell as well as they use to, SUVs and crossovers are what car buyers want, and electric vehicles are supposedly the future.

The Ford Mustang Mach-E will be available for order after making its world debut on November 17. Buyers can reserve a spot in line for one by making a $500 refundable reservation deposit.

Ford has also confirmed that a limited First Edition version will also be available at launch.

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Kia Futuron Concept Previews An Electric Crossover-Coupe

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Kia Futuron Concept Electric SUV

It indicates a future of more striking Kia vehicles.

Kia used the 2019 China International Import Expo in Shanghai to reveal the Futuron, a concept car that showcases its vision for an all-electric crossover coupe.

According to the Korean automaker, the word “Futuron” is a portmanteau of ‘future’ and ‘on’, “hinting at the switched-on, electric nature of future SUV designs from the brand.”

The design is described as merging elegant proportions with pure shapes and surfaces, delivering a streamlined appearance inspired by UFOs and flying saucers.

Despite its low profile making it appear compact in size, the Futuron is actually longer than the Kia Sorento. Power is provided by four in-wheel electric motors energized by a flat battery module beneath the floor.

The spacious and flexible interior is designed around Level 4 autonomy, complete with a retracting steering wheel and reclining front seats.

Kia says the Futuron is a “strong statement of intent” for its future models.

In related news, Kia and Hyundai have invested in Rimac to build electric sports cars.

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