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Electric Volvo XC40 previewed in sketches

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A zero-emissions version of Volvo's small SUV has been previewed and will be revealed on 16th October. 

Volvo has released its first teaser of the electric Volvo XC40 which shows minor styling changes to adapt for an electric powertrain. 

A sketch of the front of the electric XC40 shows a front fascia that replaces the grille, Volvo has said the fascia will be used to house the sensors for advanced driver assistance systems. A sketch of the rear shows that the EV charging point will be on the rear pillar.

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The Swedish manufacturer is aiming for over 50% of its sales to be fully electric vehicles by 2025, Volvo will be focusing on producing more electric variants of its existing model range. 

Whilst the general design and feel of the standard XC40 will be carried over into the electric version, there are a few welcomed features. 

A "brand new driver interface" will feature on the compact EV, this has been developed by Volvo for use in its electric cars. Also offered are two new 19" and 20" wheel options in eight different colours. The interior will get new "sporty styling details" and the carpets will be made from recycled materials. 

The change to an electric powertrain means that you'll get more storage, known as a 'frunk' - front trunk to you and me - there will be 30-litres of storage space up front.

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The all-electric Volvo XC40 will maintain its reputation for safety boss Malin Ekholm said: “Regardless of what drives a car forward, be it an electric motor or combustion engine, a Volvo must be safe.” 

The electric XC40 will be the first model fitted with Volvo's new Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) sensor platform, the system is designed for future autonomous driving capabilities. 

No official details have been released yet about the electric powertrain, but it's highly likely that it will use a similar setup to the 27-module, 78kWh battery pack used in the Polestar 2. 

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