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Volvo EX90 debuts and starts the electric era for Volvo

Debuting in Sweden this morning, the Volvo EX90 is the new flagship, all-electric version of the company’s XC90. It also starts a new era for the company, which will debut a new electric car each year. By 2030, Volvo Cars expects to only sell electric cars.

The EX90 is the flagship in that lineup. It’s a 7-passenger, U.S.-built luxury SUV with some very forward-looking technology and a handsome Scandinavian design.

“The Volvo EX90 is a statement for where we are, and where we are going,” said Jim Rowan, Volvo’s executive. “It’s fully electric with a range of up to 300 miles 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.”

Volvo built its reputation on safety, and the EX90 could very well be one of the safest cars on the road.

In addition to cameras and ultrasonic sensors, the EX90 will be available with a lidar unit, further enhancing visibility. Powered by Nvidia Drive, Volvo’s in-house software brings it all together. Plus, it updates over time with over-the-air software updates.

That lidar sensor also will pave the way for the EX90 “unsupervised driving” in the future.

The 14-inch center screen is powered by Google’s Android Automotive, and the system uses Snapdragon’s Cockpit Platforms to process it. Helping on graphics duty is the Unreal Engine.

Yes, video game technology is powering this Volvo (and to be fair, several other automobiles).

The lovely Bowers & Wilkins reference-grade audio system for the first time supports Dolby Atmos.

The first available dual motor, all-wheel drive setup will have a 111 kWh usable battery pack delivering 496 horsepower and 671 lb-ft of torque.

Volvo anticipates 300 miles of range with this setup, and a DCFC ability to go from 10% to 80% in 30 minutes. Volvo doesn’t currently list a DCFC peak charge rate.

The EX90 is also the most recycled Volvo to date.

The EX90 should start at under $80,000 and is available for preorder right now. If you preorder, you’ll be asked to configure your car toward the end of 2023 for a 2024 delivery.

As we mentioned before, all U.S.-bound EX90s will be built at Volvo’s facility in Ridgeville, South Carolina.

Written by Chad Kirchner
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