According to Automotive News, Volvo’s first EV will have a 250-mile range. If you follow the auto industry, and electric vehicle (EV) segment specifically, you know this is absurdly generous range, especially for a first EV model from a company.
Volvo Car USA CEO Lex Kerssemakers told the publication that for the US market, 250 is what you need.
Two-hundred fifty miles is the range of the Tesla Model S 85, and that is Tesla’s second car, and they worked up to that range over years.
Volvo’s the all-electric model is set to arrive in 2019, will be priced between $35,000 and $40,000, and has no name yet. It’s yet to be seen if it will get a new name or share a badge with an existing car.
Also unknown is which platform the new EV will be built on: Volvo’s SPA platform or upcoming, smaller CMA platform. Whatever the platform, Volvo’s new EV will be “leap-frogging many of the players in the premium segment,” says Dr. Peter Mertens, Volvo’s senior vice president of research and development.
My gut instinct tells me to believe the range*, but not the final price. Especially if there’s demand at dealer lots when the EV debuts. Traditionally, dealers take advantage of high demand and pad the MSRP.
* in generally good conditions, not a -10° F winter blizzard, etc.