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The fully electric Volvo EX90 SUV is the era-defining car for the Swede carmaker, thanks to high levels of tech systems. Here's what you should know about it.

09 Dec 2022

For the uninitiated, the Volvo EX90 that you see here on this very page is the electric version of the Volvo XC90 SUV that we’ve all come to know and love. This means there's still the seven-seating configuration, cabin is expectedly capacious and it's still instantly recognisable as the brand's flagship SUV.

But, needless to say, being a full-electric vehicle allows the EX90 to differentiate itself as a more technologically advanced car to the regular XC90. Here are several interesting things you should know about the new electric SUV.

1. Designed from the ground up

The Polestar 3 (pictured) shares the same platform as the Volvo EX90
The Volvo EX90 was created from the ground up and inside out to ensure an aesthetic and feel like no other. While the SUV shares the same Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) 2 platform as the recently unveiled Polestar 3, the Volvo SUV distances itself from the Polestar with its tech-savvy disposition and its unadulterated design.

More interestingly, according to the design team of the all new SUV, the Volvo EX90 is based around three pillars: Proud, sophistication and seamless.

2. A huge battery pack

The EX90 will be able to last 600km on a single charge
Also similar to the Polestar 3 is the 111kWh battery pack, which allows the car to have an impressive useable range of 600km on a single charge. To put it into perspective, that's more than the already impressive BMW iX, the Bavarian marque's flagship all-electric SUV.

Based on the assumption that the average Singaporean travels about 45km a day on the road, the Volvo EX90 will be able to roam around freely for approximately 13 days before having to charge up again.

3. It can be a charging device

Bi-directional charging feature makes the Volvo EX90 a rather smart and considerate car
Speaking of charging, thanks to the advancement of technology and its sizeable battery pack, the EX90 comes with bi-directional charging capability. What this means is that the car will be able to send power back out from its battery to charge your appliances or even another electric vehicle, if necessary.

However, while this bi-directional charging feature is readily available in the car, the functionalities of it may be introduced differently depending on the specific markets around the world.

4. Flushed door handles

Flushed door handles are a nice touch
Still, regardless of where you are, you'll be experiencing the pure and seamless Scandinavian design of the Volvo EX90. This car is the first electric vehicle to sport flushed door handles for the sake of better aerodynamics. Even the Volvo C40 Recharge, which is the Swede brand's first electric-only model, comes with regular door handles.

However, unlike cars like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class or the Range Rover Velar where the door handles pop out upon unlocking the car, the ones here on the EX90 resemble the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, which is a lot more functional and less gimmicky.

5. Segmented taillights instead of long regular ones

The segmented taillights feature will be on future electric Volvo models as well
Another design feature that'll appear on all future electric models in Volvo's lineup is the segmented taillights that first appeared on the Volvo C40 Recharge. According to Volvo, it wants to celebrate the segmentation of the lights rather than to hide it or make it a regular linear light like every other cars, hence the plan to have it appear on future electric models.

Also, instead of having a long horizontal taillight spanning the width of the rear, like all other new cars do now, the Volvo EX90 does without it. According to T Jon, Head of Exterior Design, developments were done to decide what the best solution is, and based on identity, going vertical is "more Volvo". Plus, the rear camera taking centre stage was a strategic and functional decision.

6. That huge Google-powered screen

The infotainment screen is powered by Google
On that note of verticality and functionality, there is a new 15.0-inch Google-powered infotainment screen on the centre of the dash that holds all the information you need to know about the car, and controls pretty much everything else there is. This allows the centre console to be cleared of unnecessary buttons and switches.

According to Robin Page, Head of Design, Scandinavian isn't about minimalistic, but rather about purity. "We don't just remove things in the car for the sake of being minimalistic. Instead, we prioritise function and remove unnecessary 'noise' within the cabin so that the end result of the car is something really pure."

7. Gear lever is no longer in the centre

The gear shifter has been moved to the right side of the indicator stalk
As a result of this purity approach, the gear lever that has always been located on the centre console has now been moved to the right side of the indicator stalk - similar to Mercedes-Benz models.

According to Lisa Reeves, Head of Interior Design, there'll always be space for different types of vehicles and consumers have different needs for these spaces. It's now a stalk because when it's there, drivers don't have to use it so regularly like a manual shifter. Hence, moving it away from the centre console was a good idea to free up space.

8. The wide use of sustainable materials

It's all about sustainability in the cabin
Leather option will not be offered on the Volvo EX90, even if the material is often perceived as a more luxurious offering in most Asian countries. As one of the more environmentally-aware car manufacturers, Volvo aims to do a better job of being socially responsible and intends to make a cabin filled with recycled materials a new expression of premium.

In the case of the Volvo EX90, it contains approximately 15% of recycled steel, 25% of recycled aluminium as well as over 45kg of recycled plastics and bio-based materials.

9. It's more than just being sustainable

The wood panels will illuminate, making the cabin a really nice and comfortable place to be in
Of course, it's not just about being sustainable and socially responsible when it comes to the new SUV. Nice touches to the cabin has been worked on to ensure that the customer doesn't lose out in the aesthetics department.

For instance, if customers opt for a specific trim, they'll be able to enjoy illumination on the wood panels around the interior. These illuminated panels, back-lit with warm light, helps to create a living room atmosphere, making it a very relaxing place to be in.

10. The car will only be launched in 2024

The Volvo EX90 will go into production in 2023
While there's a lot of hype around the Volvo EX90, the car will only begin its production sometime in 2023 in South Carolina, which means there's a good chance it'll only arrive in Singapore a year or two later.

The global drives of the Volvo EX90 are only scheduled to be in 2024. When that happens, a more in-depth update will be provided here.

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