The 7-seater, all-electric Volvo EX90 made its official global debut on the 9th of November 2022 in downtown Stockholm yesterday, a fitting site that reflects the auto’s Swedish roots. With sustainability initiatives being the norm for corporations these days, it comes as no surprise that EX90 is too, an all-electric SUV that aims to raise the standards in safety and promote a more sustainable lifestyle.
The Gothenburg auto manufacturer has expressed its ambitions to only sell fully electric vehicles by the year 2030. And the launch of the EX90 sets to represent the brand’s decisive course towards a fully electric future. Volvo further comments that starting with the Volvo EX90, they are planning to reveal one new fully electric car each year successively.
“The Volvo EX90 is a statement for where we are, and where we are going,” comments Jim Rowan, CEO of Volvo. “The Volvo EX90 is the start of something new for Volvo Cars in many ways.”
To abridge the EX90 in adjectives, the SUV is impressively innovative, futuristic, and intuitive. And to start things off, let’s take a look at what’s under the hood.
As standard, the new fully electric SUV boasts a twin-motor all-wheel drive that is powered by a 111 kWh battery and two permanent magnet electric motors that work seamlessly together to deliver 408 hp and 770 Nm of torque, hitting 0 – 100 km/h in 5.9 seconds.
On the other hand, the ‘performance’ variation of the Twin Motor boasts 517 hp and 910 Nm of torque to complete the century sprint in just 4.9 seconds, a whole second lesser than the standard motor. However, Volvo’s safety initiative caps the top speed of both powertrains to a mere 180 km/h.
With the in-house developed electric technology base, the EX90 can travel up to 600 kilometres of tailpipe emission-free driving on a single charge. And according to the WLTP test cycle, the vehicle charges from 10 to 80 per cent in just under 30 minutes. It is also the first of its kind in Volvo to adopt the necessary hardware for bi-directional charging. This means that the car battery doubles as an extra energy source if needed.
Now, the EX 90 is essentially a highly advanced computer on wheels. The core system is powered by NVIDIA DRIVE AI platforms, Snapdragon® Cockpit Platforms by Qualcomm Technologies, and in-house developed software by the Volvo engineers. Together, the high-performance computing power runs the core functions inside the car, from safety and infotainment to battery management.
The state-of-the-art infotainment system is housed in the prominent 14.5-inch centre screen with Google built-in. With 5G connection available to the system, Google apps and services can be downloaded in the blink of an eye, and you can also stream your favourite music on the go and indulge in your favourite tunes through the Bowers & Wilkins audio system featuring Dolby Atmos with headrest-integrated speakers for an immersive, surround sound.
More notably, the Volvo EX90 highlights a phone key technology where your smartphone can be substituted as your car key. As you unlock your car with your smartphone, a welcoming sequence can be personalised as you approach the highly-advanced SUV.
Volvo is also taking their safety standards up a notch with the EX90. The computing power allows for the SUV to be highly intuitive and is designed to understand the driver and its surroundings to keep them safe. With the aid of AI technology, the SUV gets smarter and safer overtime as it learns from the data it collects from each drive.
With sensors like cameras, radars and lidar connected to the powerful core computers, the EX90’s latest sensing technology imparts the SUV with a metaphorical invisible shield. No matter the time of day, the sensors are designed to detect even the smallest of objects hundreds of metres ahead to provide drivers with the information to react and avoid dangerous situations on the road. The sensors also contribute to improving the reliability and overall performance of the assisted driving function, Pilot Assist, with a new steering support when changing lanes.
These are just a few of many examples that Volvo’s latest innovations have brought forth via the EX90. With such advanced improvements in technology fitted into the fully-electric SUV, we are certain that the car’s safety systems can constantly be updated to reflect future safety requirements when needed.