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The New, Fully Electric Volvo EX90: Start of a New Era for Volvo Cars

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The new, fully electric Volvo EX90. Volvo Canada

Volvo Canada tells us about a true seven-seater, all-electric SUV that further raises their standards in safety and a more sustainable lifestyle—the new Volvo EX90 represents the start of a new era for Volvo in which they set a decisive course for a fully electric future.

Starting with the Volvo EX90, Volvo will reveal one new fully electric car each year. By 2030, they aim to sell only fully electric cars, one of the most ambitious electrification blueprints in the automotive industry and crucial to their ambition to be a climate-neutral company by 2040.

Volvo revealed their new fully electric flagship SUV to the world in downtown Stockholm, reflecting their Swedish roots. At the same time, reflecting their global footprint as a company, the Volvo EX90 will be built in the USA starting next year and later also in China. By then, they aim for those two production facilities to be climate neutral.

A new instant classic in Scandinavian design, the Volvo EX90 defines the principle of form following function. It’s a versatile, stylish family car with modern proportions, combined with cutting-edge technology in core computing, connectivity and electrification to optimize safety, efficiency and aesthetics.

“The Volvo EX90 is a statement for where we are, and where we are going,” said Jim Rowan, Chief Executive. “It’s fully electric with a range of up to 600 kilometres on a single charge, designed to further raise our safety standards, the first Volvo car to be truly defined by its software and part of a wider ecosystem, connecting to your home and your other devices. The Volvo EX90 is the start of something new for Volvo Cars in many ways.”

Keeping you and your loved ones safe

The standard safety in the Volvo EX90 is also higher than any Volvo car before it. It’s designed to understand you and your surroundings to help keep you, your loved ones and others in traffic safe. It can also get smarter and safer over time, as it learns from new data and receives updates.

The Volvo EX90 has an invisible shield of safety enabled by their latest sensing technology, inside and outside. State-of-the-art sensors like cameras, radars and lidar are connected to the car’s high-performance core computers, where NVIDIA DRIVE runs Volvo Cars’ in-house software to create a real-time, 360-degree view of the world.

Volvo’s sensors don’t get tired or distracted. They are designed to respond and react when you’re just a fraction too late. Their lidar can sense the road in front of you, whether it’s day or night, and also at highway speeds. It can see small objects hundreds of metres ahead, creating more time to inform, act and avoid. The sensors also contribute to improving the reliability and overall performance of their assisted driving function Pilot Assist, with new steering support while changing lanes.

The roof-mounted lidar Spearhead technology of the Volvo EX90 can detect objects ahead of the car at distances up to 273 yards, day or night, and alert you of any potential hazards in your way. Photo Volvo

Invisible shield of safety

Inside, their invisible shield of safety also looks out for you. Special sensors and cameras, powered by their own in-house developed algorithms, gauge eye gaze concentration. The technology allows the EX90 to understand when you’re distracted, drowsy or otherwise inattentive, beyond what has been possible in a Volvo car to date.

It’ll alert you, first softly nudging, then more insistent. And if the unthinkable happens, and you fall asleep or are taken ill while driving, the Volvo EX90 is designed to safely stop and call for help.

Finally, thanks to the state-of-the-art sensor set including lidar, the Volvo EX90 is the first Volvo that’s hardware-ready for unsupervised driving in the future.

Technology with a purpose

A core system—powered by NVIDIA DRIVE platforms Xavier and Orin for safety systems and AI, Qualcomm Technologies’ Snapdragon Cockpit Platforms and in-house developed software by Volvo engineers—runs most of the core functions inside the car, from safety and infotainment to battery management. The end result is a more responsive and enjoyable experience inside the car.

In other words, your Volvo EX90 won’t be just a new car, it will be a highly advanced computer on wheels. Even better, just like your smartphone or your laptop, the Volvo EX90 is designed to get better over time, thanks to regular over-the-air software updates.

By combining the state-of-the-art computing power from Qualcomm Technologies Snapdragon’ Cockpit Platforms with the visualization capabilities of Unreal Engine, the 3D tool developed by Epic Games and used to power some of the world’s largest games, to give you lightning-fast computing power and high-quality graphics on the in-car screens and head-up display.

A 15-inch centre screen is your gateway to one of the best infotainment systems on offer, with Google built-in. Google apps and services including hands-free help from Google Assistant, Google Maps navigation and more of your favourite apps on Google Play all come built-in. The displays in the Volvo EX90 help you keep your eyes on the road by offering you the right information at the right time. The Volvo EX90 will also be compatible with wireless Apple CarPlay.

Thanks to the standard 5G connection where available, it’s never been easier to install the apps you need on your home screen and enjoy highly intuitive navigation. You can also stream your favourite music through the new, reference-quality Bowers & Wilkins audio system featuring Dolby Atmos as a Volvo-first, plus head rest-integrated speakers for immersive sound.

The Volvo EX90 will also come with phone key technology as standard. Your smartphone serves as your car key and automatically unlocks the car and starts a personal welcoming sequence as you approach. Your personal profile will also be loaded automatically as you enter the car.

All of this technology comes together in one of the most pleasant and elegant car interiors on the market, full of natural and responsibly-sourced materials. That interior composition also reflects their sustainability ambitions, such as being a fully circular and climate-neutral company by 2040.

Scandinavian design of the interior of the Volvo EX90 fully electric SUV. Photo Volvo

Supporting a more sustainable lifestyle

With its brand new, in-house developed fully electric technology base, the Volvo EX90 is your perfect companion for a more sustainable family lifestyle. Delivering up to 600 kilometres of tailpipe emission-free driving range on a single charge, according to the WLTP test cycle, it charges from 10 to 80 percent in under 30 minutes.

The initially available twin-motor all-wheel drive version is powered by a 111kWh battery and two permanent magnet electric motors together delivering 380 kW (517 hp) and 910 Nm of torque. In combination with the brand-new chassis, this creates a great and smooth driving experience.

The Volvo EX90 contains approximately 15 percent of recycled steel, 25 percent of recycled aluminum as well as 48 kilograms of recycled plastics and bio-based materials, which corresponds to around 15 percent of the total plastic used in the car – the highest level of any Volvo car to date.

Finally, the Volvo EX90 is their first car with all the necessary hardware to enable bi-directional charging. It’s a technology whereby you can use your car battery as an extra energy supply, for example, to power your home, other electric devices or another electric Volvo car. We plan to make bi-directional charging available in the future, starting with selected markets

The small print

Described features might be optional and the availability of the features and services mentioned above may differ between markets.

Charging and range figures are preliminary and derive from estimates and calculations performed by Volvo Cars for Volvo EX90 and these outcomes are not guaranteed. The driving range and energy consumption under real conditions vary depending on driving behaviour and other external factors. Charging times can vary and are dependent on factors such as outdoor temperature, battery temperature, charging equipment, battery condition and car condition. Car certification pending.

 

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