Volvo has thrown their hat into the ring for the best all-electric vehicle, and the rumors are extremely impressive, although no product specs or demos have been released.
Volvo Car USA CEO Lex Kerssemakers told Automotive News that their first-ever venture into the battery powered car market will have a range of 250 miles and a price tag of $35,000-$40,000, which is in the same ballpark as Tesla’s only mass produced $35,000 car, the Model X.
When asked about the US market, Kerssemakers said, “Why are people reluctant to buy a full electric car? It’s between the ears. It’s that they believe there’s not sufficient range.” The 250 mile range would also join the Model X, which has an EPA rating of 237 miles per charge. Tesla, and the projected Volvo model would be industry leaders by a far reach however, with electric vehicles from Kia, Nissan, Mercedes, and more barely scratching the 100 mile marker.
As of now no size, name, or even manufacturing schedule has been released, with Kerssemakers interview being the only indication that anything is in the works. The XC90 is Volvo’s current foray into the market, and they’ve mainly dealt with driver-less steering and automatic braking.