The new Volvo EX90 revealed: a seven-seater with up to 517 hp

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Finally, another news from Gothenburg, Sweden: Volvo’s new electric flagship EX90 has been revealed.

Andreas Faust and Wolfgang Gomoll

Scales can shift within a car group. Until a few years ago, Polestar was a small electric subsidiary of Volvo. This year, Polestar 3 already had a three-week lead over Volvo at its world premiere. That doesn’t change anything: The new Volvo EX90, the Polestar 3’s technological twin, also plays to the card of unsophisticated Scandinavian design – some reminiscent of the 2021 Recharge Concept study, but some also based on current Volvo models. However, the two Swedish electric cars are unlikely to win customers over.

Because there are more than enough differences in profiling: This mainly concerns the interior. Although both are likely to roll into dealerships next year with the same 2.98-metre wheelbase, only the Volvo EX90 has three rows of seats that can fit seven people. Therefore, the Volvo EX90 is 5.04 meters longer than the Polestar by 14 centimeters. Depending on the seating configuration, the trunk of the EX90 can hold between 310 and 1,915 liters of luggage. With a net capacity of 107 kilowatt hours (kWh), one of the currently largest batteries in an electric car is located in the undercarriage – in every version of the drive.

Range up to 600 kilometers

In principle, the Volvo EX90 always comes with all-wheel drive. The launch in 2023 will start with the top version with 517 hp (380 kW), maximum torque of 910 Newton meters and a range of 590 km. The sprint from zero to 100 km/h is completed in 4.9 seconds and the electronics are anchored at a speed of 180 km/h: after all, Volvo has long limited all models to this value, while the Polestar models have a free hand. The second variant will be the one with a power of 408 hp (300 kW) and a range of 600 kilometers; third in the group is a version with 503 hp (370 kW), also 910 Nm and identical output. It should also appear in the USA, where the EX90 will also be produced from 2023. A year later, the first vehicles are due to roll off the assembly line in China.

At a DC fast charging station, batteries can be charged from zero to 80 percent in just 30 minutes. The EX90 will also be the first Volvo to support bi-directional charging, so it can be integrated into building technology as mobile energy storage. Solar electricity produced during the day can be temporarily stored to supply electrical equipment, your own house or the public power grid with energy. But the latter is still a matter of the future.

Safety has traditionally played a major role at Volvo. The EX90 will be the first Volvo to have lidar laser sensors on the front of the roof. It records a 360-degree image of the environment – ​​a prerequisite for autonomous driving. These were the biggest challenge for T’s chief exterior designer Jon Mayer: “The lidar sensors have to be mounted as high as possible to see far ahead of the car.” At the same time, they would disrupt the aerodynamics and the price range. “And the whole design proportions would be gone,” says Mayer. That is why they are now partially submerged under the rational shovel: “But I had to fight for this for a long time,” says Mayer.

Mobile game console

The smoothly polished interior is dominated by a vertically positioned 15-inch touchscreen and a narrow digital information bar behind the steering wheel. As is usual with Volvo, the infotainment in the EX90 plays with Google’s Android operating system, including navigation with Google Maps. The 5G chip ensures connectivity and wireless updates. The computing power and graphics card are also suitable for video games, which, in combination with the 25 speakers of the B&W sound system, will keep youngsters entertained even at long distances.

There is still no specific launch date – it should be at least late 2023. Accordingly, there are no prices yet. The current flagship Volvo XC90 with a plug-in hybrid drive will continue to be offered alongside the EX90 for a while – so the new Stromer does not take over the old name. However, the transition to the next model generation begins for Volvo with the EX90: It is the first of seven new models until 2030 – one in each of the coming years.

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