Volvo revealed its new electric flagship SUV – EX90 to the world in downtown Stockholm. Volvo EX90 will be built in the USA starting next year and later also in China. By then, the OEM aim for those two production facilities to be climate-neutral. Starting with the Volvo EX90, Volvo will reveal one new fully electric car each year. By 2030, it aims to sell only fully electric cars and be a climate neutral company by 2040.
A core system – powered by NVIDIA DRIVE AI platforms Xavier and Orin, Snapdragon Cockpit Platforms from Qualcomm Technologies and in-house software – runs most of the core functions inside the car, from safety and infotainment to battery management. The Volvo EX90 is designed to get better over time with regular over-the-air software updates.
The EX90 combines the computing power from Snapdragon’ Cockpit Platforms with the visualisation capabilities of Unreal Engine, the 3D tool developed by Epic Games, to give computing power and high-quality graphics on the in-car screens and head-up display. It features a 14.5-inch centre screen, with Google built in. Google apps and services including hands-free help from Google Assistant, Google Maps navigation and more of the apps on Google Play all come built in. The Volvo EX90 will also be compatible with wireless Apple CarPlay. The users can also stream their favourite music through the new Bowers & Wilkins audio system featuring Dolby Atmos, plus head rest-integrated speakers.
The EX90 will also come with phone key technology as standard in which the smartphone serves as a car key and automatically unlocks the car and starts a personal welcoming sequence as the user approach. A personal profile will also be loaded automatically as the user enters the car.
It delivers up to 600 kilometres of driving range on a single charge, according to the WLTP test cycle, it charges from 10 to 80 per cent in around 30 minutes. The initially available twin-motor all-wheel drive version is powered by a 111kWh battery and two permanent magnet electric motors together delivering in its performance version 380 kW (517 hp) and 910 Nm of torque.
The Volvo EX90 also incorporates all the necessary hardware to enable bi-directional charging. It’s a technology whereby the user can use the car battery as an extra energy supply, for example to power home, other electric devices or another electric Volvo car. Volvo plans to make bi-directional charging available in the future, starting with selected markets.