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Published on May 14th, 2014 | by James Ayre

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Fully Electric Version Of Volvo XC90 SUV In The Works

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May 14th, 2014 by
 
A fully electric version of Volvo’s soon-to-be-released SUV — the XC90 — is already in the works, according to recent reports.

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Volvo XC90

While the conventional version of the 2014 XC90 is still yet to make it to market, there’s already a whole range of other versions in the pipeline — including a plug-in hybrid version that will launch sometime relatively soon after the regular version, and a fully electric version that will likely hit the market sometime in 2016 or 2017.

The timeframe on those versions depends, to a fair degree, on what happens with Audi’s as-yet-unnamed electric SUV — as well as the probably delayed Tesla Model X. Those two electric SUVs would represent the core of the electric XC90′s competition.

With regard to the Audi electric SUV (the Q8?), it’s been rumored that it will possess a range of up to 370 miles per charge — a substantial range that would put it around 60 miles above the Model S. In order to compete, the Volvo XC90 electric SUV would probably need to possess quite a substantial range itself.


InsideEVs provides more:

Volvo hinted to Autocar that an electric XC90 is coming. Quoting Autocar: “…the XC90 will also come in hybrid form with an electric motor powering the rear wheels. Further down the line, a version of the XC90 equipped with an energy-harvesting flywheel on the rear axle is likely, while a pure electric version of the large SUV will have its batteries packaged in the center tunnel and under the rear floor so interior space won’t be compromised.”

When the conventional version of the XC90 launches (within the next year), it’s likely that more information on the EV and PHEV versions of the model will be available. We’ll keep you posted.

In related news, the Volvo S60 Plug-In Hybrid recently made its Beijing debut, and the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid continues to sell quite well in European markets where it’s available.

Some of you are probably aware of the V60 PHEV, but that hybrid runs on diesel (as is relatively common in much of Europe), whereas the new Volvo S60 is a gasoline-hybrid. Of course, we don’t yet have many details on the potential XC90 PHEV.

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's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy. You can follow his work on Google+.



  • Wayne Williamson

    I really have to question the flywheel on the rear axle. I’m not aware of any moving fly wheel(ie in a car/bus/train) that has proven cost effective.

  • No way

    Where are the rumours of a fully electric XC90 coming from? The XC90 PHEV is confirmed for 2015 but I haven’t heard any speculations or rumours about a fully electric version.

  • Brad Marluke

    If could buy a Plug-in Hybrid diesel SUV in the US today, it would be sitting in my driveway.

  • Shiggity

    I’ll be impressed if it even gets to 150 miles of range.

  • Jouni Valkonen

    My guess is that these are mere plans that are waiting for “better future batteries”, that do not really exist yet.

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      The good news is that a lot of manufacturers are making plans/projections for cars with much better batteries. I think everyone knows, more or less, where things are headed.

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