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November 10, 2022

2023 Volvo EX90 Ushers New Era For Safety, Sustainability

Volvo Cars ushers in a new era with the introduction of its all-electric, 7-seater EX90 SUV. The EX90 aims not just to raise the standards in safety, but in sustainability as well.

The EX90 is a careful evolution of Volvo’s current design language, which in turn, sticks to classical Scandinavian design of form following function. The modernly proportioned family SUV measures in at 5,037 mm in length and together with a wheelbase stretching almost three meters (2,985 mm)—promotes true 7-seater capacity.

In typical Volvo fashion, the EX90 is headlined by the latest safety innovation from the company. The brand-new SPA2 platform contains cameras, radars, and lidars connected to a high-performance NVIDIA Drive computer running Volvo’s in-house software. It’s future-proof in that the hardware is ready for autonomous driving with just a software update. For now, though it can change lanes autonomously on the highway.

Inside, a myriad of sensors detects eye gaze concentration. The moment it senses the driver is distracted, drowsy, or incapacitated, it can safely stop on its own and call for help.

Powered by a new, in-house developed fully-electric drivetrain, the EX90 comes available in three configurations all with a twin-motor set-up. Power outputs start at 408 horsepower for the EV, 503 horsepower for the E2, and goes up to 517 horsepower for the EE. Maximum torque, meanwhile starts at a stout 770 Nm for the EV and goes up to 910 Nm for the E2 and EE. This gives it a 0 to 100 km/h from 5.9 to 4.9 seconds, while top speed is pegged at 180 km/h. With a 107 kWh (111 kWh nominal), maximum cruising range is up to 600 kilometers on a single charge. It will also support bi-directional charging.

The EX90 also puts sustainability front and center. Each unit contains 15 percent recycled steel, 25 percent recycled aluminum, as well as 48 kilograms of recycled plastics and bio-based materials or 15 percent of total plastics used in the car.

Inside, the EX90 will be a “highly advanced computer on wheels.” Not only is the core computer powered by NVIDIA and Snapdragon, but it uses the Unreal Engine to provide high-quality graphics and displays as well.

At the center is a 14.5-inch screen with Google services such as Google Assistant and Google Maps built in. Wireless Apple CarPlay also comes standard. Where 5G is available, it can use a mobile phone as a car key. Meanwhile, the new reference-quality Bower & Wilkins speakers with Dolby Atmos features Volvo’s first-ever headrest integrated speakers for a truly immersive sound.

The Volvo EX90 will be built in the USA starting in 2023, but also in China at a later date.

Starting with the Volvo EX90, Volvo will reveal one fully electric car each per year. By 2030, Volvo will only sell fully electric cars, and become a climate-neutral company by 2040.

1 comment:

  1. If newer care are becoming computer on wheels, what about driver's car? I wonder what will happen to them...


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