Volvo plans to debut a 2019 all-electric vehicle with a 250-mile range

Volvo XC60
Ronan Glon/Digital Trends
Americans may not need another electric car with a 250-plus mile range per charge, but that’s what we’re going to get from Volvo. Speaking to reporters from Automotive News at the Geneva International Motor Show, Volvo Car USA CEO Lex Kerssemakers said Volvo intends to debut its first all-electric U.S. vehicle with a 250-plus mile range. He further stated we can expect the first electrified Volvo to appear as a 2019 model with a base price between $35,000 and $40,000.

“Why are people reluctant to buy a full electric car?” Kerssemakers asked. “It’s between the ears. It’s that they believe there’s not sufficient range.”

The Volvo exec sees a generous driving range as a necessity. “That’s what I put in as the prerequisite for the United States,” Kerssemakers said. “If I want to make a point in the United States, if I want to make volumes, that’s what I believe I need.”

The price point Kerssemakers mentioned is the same as Tesla’s Model 3 and the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt. By 2019 both of those cars are scheduled to be in full production. A Volvo in the mix could be a potent player.

Kerssemakers didn’t indicate whether the vehicle would be a sedan, wagon, or crossover. When asked about development schedule the CEO conceded time is tight but said the company would use one of Volvo’s modular platforms. The two platforms in use today are the SPA larger platform and the smaller CMA. The SPA is used with the XC90, 90 series sedans, and wagons, the XC60 introduced at the Geneva show, and the next-generation S60 sedan. The Volvo XC40 compact crossover coming in early 2018 will use the CMA platform.

During the next few months, Volvo will decide if it will introduce a new model name for its first all-electric model or incorporate it as a variation of an existing model. However that choice plays out, if Volvo brings a 250-mile range electric vehicle to the U.S. as early as 2019, the field will be that much stronger. Volvo hasn’t been shy in its criticism of Tesla’s Autopilot mode and may be holding the Tesla 3 sedan and follow-on Tesla Y crossover in its sights.

Cars

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Wearable chargers and A.I.-enhanced keyboards

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Mobile

Will the Galaxy Note 10 have the latest Qualcomm processor? Rumors are split

The Samsung Galaxy S10 range isn't exactly old, but Samsung is already working on the next big release. Details about the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 are making their way online, and we've gathered them all for you.
Cars

Hooked on gas? Porsche is about to give you a good reason to go electric

Porsche's Mission E concept won't change much as it transitions to a production model named Taycan that's scheduled to arrive in 2019. That means the sedan will keep the sleek design and its 800-volt charging system.
Cars

The last two affordable station wagons in America are about to retire

Volkswagen confirmed it will stop making the Golf Sportwagen and the Golf Alltrack by the end of 2019. Both station wagons are at the end of their life cycle, but they won't be replaced because they compete in a shrinking segment of the…
Cars

Tesla drops cheapest Model S and Model X versions in latest lineup reshuffle

Tesla dropped entry-level Standard Range versions of the Model S and Model X in yet another model shake-up. That leaves just the Long Range and Performance versions of the luxury electric cars.
Cars

Cadillac drivers can now find and pay for parking from their dashboards

Cadillac hopes to make parking easier with a new embedded feature that allows drivers to find, reserve, and pay for parking spaces from their dashboard. It's the latest new feature of General Motors Marketplace.
Cars

I used to be a die-hard petrol-head, but Jaguar’s electric SUV converted me

Simply put, the Jaguar I-Pace is the first electric vehicle I’ve driven that hasn’t made me miss an internal combustion engine, or even once consider that I’m in an electric car. Regardless of how it is propelled, the I-Pace is a…
Cars

Polaris builds Lunar Rover Vehicle replica with Indian, Slingshot, and RZR parts

Polaris Industries employees worked with a NASA astronaut and members of the original Apollo 11 Lunar Rover Vehicle (LRV) team to build a replica of the vehicle that landed on the moon. Most of the parts came from current Polaris vehicles.
Cars

2020 Lincoln Aviator adaptive suspension scans the road for potholes

The 2020 Lincoln Aviator's adaptive suspension system uses an array of sensors to detect potholes and other road imperfections, then preemptively adjusts settings to maintain a smooth ride.
Cars

Audi’s latest suspension system can help protect you during a crash

The Audi A8 is getting a more sophisticated adaptive suspension system for the European market. The system can raise or lower the body in a fraction of a second, improving ride, handling, and even safety, according to Audi.
Cars

Tesla Model 3 is the world’s most-searched-for electric car, survey says

The Tesla Model 3 is the most-searched-for electric car in the world, according to a survey of Google search data. The Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model S were far behind the Model 3 in second and third place, respectively.
Cars

For $25 a month, Uber will give you rides, rent you a scooter, and grab dinner

Uber is working on a monthly subscription plan that gives users access to discounted rides, free Uber Eats food delivery, and free JUMP bike and scooter rides. The plan is being tested in San Francisco and Chicago.
Cars

Amazon wants Alexa embedded in every vehicle to connect with smart homes

Amazon is following up on Alexa's penetration into smart homes with an incursion to embed the voice assistant in cars. There are third-party Alexa-compatible automotive aftermarket products, but the big score is in-vehicle software systems.
Cars

Toyota shows off mascot robots and tiny autonomous car for Tokyo Olympics

Toyota has shown off seven robots that it says will assist and entertain during the Tokyo Olympics next summer. The collection includes mascot and telepresence robots, as well as a tiny autonomous car to help during field events.