Volvo EX90, the electric SUV is the progenitor of a new species

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Volvo’s electrification roadmap takes an important step forward with the large size SUV EX90. It is not the Swedish company’s first full-electric car, but it is the first native electric model as it uses technologies specifically developed for traction zero emissions, obviously also intended for all future Volvo models. That is, those that will lead the brand to have a fully electric range in 2030. The EX90 is the ambassador of this new generation also for many other factors ranging from design to connectivity up to assisted driving and safety which in this model reaches levels as a record, contexts in which Artificial Intelligence plays a very important role.

The gestation of the EX90 takes its cue from the 2.0 series of the modular Spa architecture, developed precisely for electrification and on which the recently unveiled SUV Polestar 3 is also based.

5.04 meters long, 1.96 meters wide and 1.77 meters high, the EX90 hides and integrates its technological heritage in a monolithic outfit, in which the profile that recalls that of the XC90 is combined with smooth stylistic elements and solutions intended to optimize aerodynamics and safety. In this case, with the Lidar optical laser sensor housed in the eyelid that stands out above the windscreen, capable of reading the road in front of the car up to 250 meters in all light conditions. This device, together with many pulse radars, many cameras and many ultrasonic sensors, forms the sensory center of the new SUV and, in fact, creates the safety shield that surrounds the EX90.

The balance of the line is impressed both by the distribution of the volumes and by the long wheelbase, 2.98 metres, which in a single stroke houses the large battery that feeds the powertrain and favors the spaciousness of the interior, which can accommodate seven people. The presentation of the cabin is unprecedented for a Volvo. In fact, it is based on a minimalist and hi-tech decor almost free from physical buttons, dominated by the instrument display which can represent the whole environment around the car and the vertical 14.5” infotainment display, with an immersive graphical interface developed with Epic Games and an operating system by Google. The atmosphere is warmed by the combination of the chromatisms of the cladding obtained from recycled materials, the wooden profiles backlit by warm lights and the brightness brought by the large windows. In accordance with the green nature of the EX90, almost all the other components of the passenger compartment also come from processes linked to the concept of sustainability. Inside, the safety upgrade is supported by video cameras and sensors that monitor the psycho-physical condition of the driver, allowing the car to pull over autonomously if necessary and call for help, and the presence of people on board when getting out of the car. car. In practice, it is an anti-abandonment system, whose presence has been brought to the fore by the many tragic events linked to children forgotten in the car, which prevents the car from being locked when it detects the breathing of people in the passenger compartment.

As far as semi-assisted driving is concerned, the EX90 arrives, where permitted by legislation, at level 3 and with such an advanced predictive step, so much so that it precedes human reactions thanks to the sophisticated sensory center and the data processing speed of the control unit Nvidia Drive. In addition, the EX90 is also ready for fully autonomous operation.

The range consists of twin-engine versions with electric all-wheel drive with 408 HP and 717 Nm of torque and with 517 HP and 910 Nm of torque. Horsepower peaks only affect acceleration times, as both reach a maximum speed of 180 per hour. The powertrains are powered by a 111 kWh battery, which promises a range of over 600 kilometers when the rear engine is put out of action with the more eco-friendly configuration. Superfast systems of up to 250 kW can be used for recharging, with which electrons are topped up from 10 to 80% in less than half an hour. The electricity grid integrates a heat pump for the air conditioning and to pre-heat the “battery” in the presence of low temperatures before recharging. This phase can be optimized especially in terms of cost using the suggestions of the Volvo app dedicated to battery models. Finally, the EX90 is also designed to transfer electricity to external devices and, even, to homes thanks to the Vehicle to Load (V2L) function.

Even if deliveries will only start at the beginning of 2024, the Ex90 can already be ordered in the top-of-the-range Ultra set-up at prices of 104,500 euros in the case of the less powerful version and 109,500 euros in that of the more performing one.

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