All the details about the new Volvo EX90 after its official unveiling
After many previews of this long-awaited electric car, the new Volvo EX90 electric SUV has finally been officially unveiled. Volvo CEO Jim Rowan said of the brand’s new electric vehicle:
“The Volvo EX90 is a statement of where we are and where we are going. It is fully electric, with a range of up to 600 kilometres on a single charge, designed to raise our safety standards even higher, the first Volvo car that is truly defined by its software and is part of a wider ecosystem, connecting to your home and your other devices. The Volvo EX90 is the start of something new for Volvo Cars in many ways.”
What stands out most at first glance about the EX90 is its design, which although it largely resembles its combustion counterpart, they have integrated certain design touches on the exterior that give it a new look, such as the rear lights, among other things.
Another major highlight of the Volvo EX90 is its ability to accommodate up to seven occupants, a capacity that is not very common in the European market and that few electric vehicles offer this number of seats, without being a van or minivan.
Volvo has placed special emphasis on the vehicle’s safety, as we have been able to learn from the advances previously announced by the brand. The Volvo EX90 incorporates several sensors such as cameras, radar and lidar, connected to the vehicle. This is where NVIDIA DRIVE comes into play, creating a 360° view in real time. The brand adds:
“The Volvo EX90 features an invisible safety shield enabled by our latest sensing technology, both inside and out.”
In more detail, Volvo has integrated functionality that measures gaze concentration, detecting when the driver is distracted or drowsy. Should that occur, the car will alert the driver with what it describes as “a gentle nudge”, coming to a complete stop and calling for assistance should the driver fail to respond to the warnings.
It incorporates Pilot Assist driving functionality, with a new lane-change functionality. In addition, new features will be added over time as the vehicle is updated via over-the-air updates. Indeed, the Volvo EX90 incorporates sensors such as lidar for the advent of autonomous driving. The brand has also indicated that the Volvo EX90 is set to enable two-way charging, with plans to launch it “in the future”.
In summary, the Volvo EX90’s core system integrates NVIDIA DRIVE‘s Xavier and Orin platforms, Qualcomm Technologies’ Snapdragon Cockpit and Volvo’s in-house developed software. Inside, the 14.5″ portrait-orientated centre display incorporates Google technology. In addition, they report that it will also be compatible with Apple CarPlay wireless. Also, it includes 5G connectivity as standard.
More technically, we are dealing with an electric SUV that, for the moment, is only offered in a dual-motor, all-wheel drive variant. This version offers 380 kW (517 hp) and 910 Nm. It is equipped with a 111 kWh battery that provides a range of up to 600 kilometres, with the possibility of recharging the battery from 10 to 80% in just 30 minutes.
In terms of materials used, and in keeping with the company’s commitment to sustainability, the Volvo EX90 contains around 15% recycled steel, 25% recycled aluminium, as well as 48 kg of recycled plastics and bio-based materials.
The Volvo EX90 will be manufactured in the US from next year and later in China. When that happens, both facilities are expected to be carbon neutral, in line with Volvo’s commitment to become a carbon neutral company by 2040.
It seems that this Volvo EX90 is just the beginning of a new era of electrification for the Swedish brand, as Volvo has said that, starting with this EX90, they will unveil a new all-electric car every year. Volvo aims to sell only electric cars by 2030. At the moment, Volvo has two all-electric vehicles in its portfolio: the Volvo XC40 Recharge and the Volvo C40 Recharge.
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