The Volvo company claims that its current portfolio is "totally electrified," meaning that even the vehicles powered by gas engines have a hybrid powertrain that includes an electric motor and batteries. But the company wants to take it a step further, and by 2030, they plan to offer only battery-powered EVs, with no gas-powered vehicles in their lineup. The Volvo XC40 Recharge and the Volvo C40 Recharge are Volvo's two electric vehicles thus far; they are both modified versions of the same platform. The all-new EX90 is Volvo's first glimpse into the future of electric cars, as it was built from the bottom up to use electric propulsion completely.
At its debut, the Volvo EX90 electric SUV will have a two-motor setup that will power all four wheels. The conventional configuration features two permanent-magnet motors that generate 402 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque together. The Twin Motor Performance trim level includes 496 horsepower and 671 pound-feet of torque. The base twin-motor EX90, according to Volvo, can reach 60 mph in 5.7 seconds, while the Performance trim can achieve the same speed in 5.6 seconds. The brakes are 15.7 inches in front and 15.4 inches in the back. Compared to the current XC90, the turning circle is nearly a foot smaller, coming in at 38.7 feet.
A range of up to 400 miles is expected to be possible because of the EX90's battery's practical capacity of 107.0 kWh. The Volvo EX90 electric SUV can go from 10 to 80 percent charged with a 250 kWh connection in around 30 minutes. The electric SUV will also arrive with Plug and Charge, an intuitive payment system for public charging stations.
The EX90's battery might charge your home during a blackout, or you could sell energy back to the grid during peak hours thanks to the EV architecture that powers the automobile. Although it is still being determined in which markets this functionality will be available, Volvo plans to sell the home hookup hardware and energy management software required to make it work. Off-grid, the EX90's battery may charge accessories or provide electricity to another Volvo EV.
The battery size, motor torque output, and even the ability to charge in both directions are all the same as the Polestar 3.
The 2023 Volvo EX90 electric SUV is promoted as "safer than any Volvo car before it." The need for increased security can be heard in many different ways.
The pilot's alertness is calculated using data from two cameras focused on him and a sensor in the steering wheel. When the driver loses consciousness, the system can bring the vehicle to a halt on the road and activate the danger lights.
If you accidentally leave your child or pet in the car, the system can alert you with a reminder, keep the doors from locking, and keep the temperature suitable if a child or pet is there.
Volvo's Pilot Assist system, which comes standard on the new car, improves the vehicle's existing lane-centering functionality by allowing it to assist with lane changes. The Volvo EX90 electric SUV will also include the necessary components for unsupervised driving.
The Recharge inspired the exterior design of the EX90, but the EX90's shape and proportions are more SUV-like. Compared to the current Volvo XC90, the EX90's outer dimensions are very similar. Although the length increases by over three inches, the wheelbase remains at 117.5 inches.
The front is rounded, the door handles and windows are teeming with the body-side texture, and the wheels are partly hidden. The car's Lidar system, which will be used for its ultimate self-driving capacity, is housed under a hump at the forward edge of the roof.
The Volvo EX90 electric SUV debuts a new interior design for Volvo and is primarily shared with the Polestar 3. The bare, minimalist dashboard sports a massive, vertically oriented center touchscreen for most tasks. The digital instrument cluster is a smaller screen in front of the driver that shows speed, range, and a picture of the car and traffic.
The use of knobs and tactile buttons has been almost eliminated. Volvo tries to make it easier to use the 14.5-inch central touchscreen by highlighting different features on the home page depending on whether the car is in stop, in motion, or if a phone call or audio is now playing. Like modern Volvos, the climate controls are located at the display's base. Like those found in modern Volvos, the infotainment system is Google-based and wirelessly compatible with Apple CarPlay.
Like many EVs, the Volvo EX90 electric SUV features a panoramic glass roof, which is excellent in winter but will put extra strain on the air conditioner in the heat of a Florida or Arizona summer.
The EX90's cabin space is comparable in size to the XC90. Front, middle, and rear legroom are all within an inch of the current model, at 40.9, 36.5, and 31.9 inches, respectively. Cargo space is comparable, with the EX90 providing 13 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 68 cubic feet with all seats folded down. Moreover, there is a tiny trunk that only takes up a little more than a cubic foot of room.
Volvo has stated that its electric vehicles will not feature leather upholstery, and the EX90 features a wool blend fabric and recycled plastic bottle fabrics. For "a Scandinavian living room feel," trim pieces made from FSC-certified wood are illuminated. The carpets use some recycled elements in their construction. Volvo says that 15% of the polymers in the EX90 come from recycled or renewable materials.
The Volvo EX90 electric SUV also features conventional smartphone-as-key capability, which is a notable advancement in smartphone technology. Bowers & Wilkins' premium audio system will have 25 speakers, including those in the headrests, and support Dolby Atmos.
As with the 2023 Polestar 3, production of the EX90 aimed at the American market will take place in Ridgeville, South Carolina, with arrival at dealerships anticipated for the last months of 2023. Customers can pre-order vehicles now, but they will be able to finalize their EX90 specifications in the fall of 2023. No official price has been announced, but Volvo said the electric SUV would be under $128,000. The Volvo EX90 will be made available through Volvo's Care by Volvo subscription service in addition to traditional sales and leasing options. The new model will debut alongside the current XC90 at the pinnacle of sales for the Swedish automaker, eventually replacing it. Volvo expects to release at least one new EV annually, starting with the EX90. How faithfully they stick to the Volvo EX90 electric SUV remains to be seen.