Volvo EX90 - Volvo's "Fully Electric Flagship SUV"
Due for release in 2024, the EX90 is the younger sibling to the Volvo XC90. The EX90 is the first model in Volvo's line up to only be available as a fully electric vehicle. Up until now, the entire Volvo range has been available with a choice of engine, including diesel, petrol, PHEV and fully electric. Other fully electric models in the Volvo range include the C40 Recharge and the XC40 Recharge. But the EX90 has made a bold statement, becoming the manufacturer's longest-range electric vehicle... and the most expensive. With a price tag starting at £96k, it definitely falls within the luxury car bracket in terms of price. But does the spec follow suit?
As technology in electric vehicles has developed, some argue that range anxiety is a thing of the past, especially as we see the opening of electric charging forecourts opening around the country. Volvo claim that the EX90 has an electric range up to 363 miles and a charging time of 30 minutes (fast charge 10-80%). Of course, range is effected by a variety of factors, but with a long range and quick charge time, the EX90 eliminates the stress of range anxiety. In terms of power, the EX90 boasts 408 HP and a 0-62mph in 5.9s from its twin-motor, all-wheel-drive powertrain. There will also be a Performance model available, increasing the horse power to a staggering 510. For a large, 7 seat SUV, this is not to be sneered at! That being said, both models are limited to 112 mph. But why would you ever need more than 70mph?
One of the most recognisable interior features of any modern Volvo is there large tablet-like infotainment system; an unorthodox approach that few car manufacturers have opted to follow. The EX90 is set to be no different, with the centre piece being a built in 14.5 inch touchscreen. With 5G connectivity as standard on all models, the infotainment system will support over-the-air upgrades to keep the system up to date.
Google services are enabled with the Digital services package, which Volvo state is included for four years. Once the four years is up, fees will apply although this an optional service. For a three or four year lease though, that is not something you will have to be concerned with. Audio-wise, the EX90 is kitted out with a 3D surround sound system by Bowers & Wilkins.
The latest in safety technology
Volvo have always had an impressive reputation for the safety technology in their cars, and the EX90 is no exception. The EX90 claims to be "redefining safety" - Volvo's website states that they are there "to help to keep you safe" as "we're humans, we make mistakes".
Driver understanding system
Designed to keep you safe in the moments of tiredness or becoming drowsy, the Driver understanding system utilises two interior sensors and a capacitive steering wheel alongside an algorithm. All this impressive science results in the car knowing if you require it to step in and support you, for example, should you drift lanes.
Never leave a friend behind - this smart technology alerts you if the car believes you have accidentally left behind someone or something in a potentially dangerous situation, such as sleeping child or dog. There is also an in-car climate system that can heat or cool the car to minimize potential harm.
Other features include Lidar and Safe Space Technology to assess the road and potential hazards ahead. Pilot Assist can adjust your speed and distance between other road users, as well as bringing the car to complete stop.
When can I get one?
Volvo currently estimate that these will be available in 2024, with their website advising lead times for both the EX90 Ultra and EX90 Ultra Performance as 16-18 months. For lease customers, information around pricing is yet to be confirmed, but make sure you sign up to our mailing list for all the latest updates on the Volvo EX90.