The Volvo XC40 Recharge is the Swedish firm’s first fully-electric car, and it kickstarts a process of introducing a Recharge option for every model in the Volvo range.

Based on the continually popular XC40 SUV, the XC40 Recharge features a fully-electric all-wheel-drive powertrain with two 150 kW motors (one front, one rear) that deliver a total output of 408hp and 660 Nm of torque.

A 78 kWh battery provides enough charge for a 249 mile range, with recharging to 80% capacity in around 40 minutes via a fast-charger.

Performance is brisk – 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 112 mph.

Volvo also announced that it will launch a fully-electric car every year for the next five years, with a goal of making half of its global sales all-electric by 2025.

To help it achieve this, the company will offer free electricity for a year on every Recharge model through a refund of the average electricity cost.

The company will also triple production capacity for electrified vehicles, helping the company towards a further goal of becoming a climate-neutral company by 2040.

The new XC40 Recharge will also mark the debut of a new Android-powered infotainment system that is fully integrated with the company’s Volvo On Call connected platform.

Despite the switch to Android, Apple CarPlay will continue to be available.

Production of the new XC40 Recharge will start towards the end of next year, with first UK deliveries expected in early 2021.