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Volvo unveils flagship SUV with 360-mile range • Eureka News Now

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Volvo on Wednesday unveiled its flagship electric vehicle, a seven-passenger SUV that can travel 360 miles on a fully charged battery.

The debut of the Volvo EX90 is a “major step forward” in the automaker’s quest to become an all-electric brand by 2030, CEO Jim Rowan said during a livestream launch event. The SUV marks the brand’s “new era” of software-defined vehicles, sports technology and safety features that are expected to carry over to the rest of the lineup.

The EX90 embodies Volvo’s key marketing message – that no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car – as it aims for electric vehicles to account for half of the 1.2 million vehicles the company will sell worldwide by mid-decade .

The standard system has 16 ultrasonic sensors, eight cameras, five radar systems and lidar mounted on the roofline that help the car see up to 250 meters in total darkness, Volvo says.

“All of this works together to form an invisible safety shield,” said Rowan, who described the EX90 as “the safest car Volvo has ever produced.” He said the system is equipped with AI capabilities to better tailor itself to driver behavior over time.

The latest in the “software-defined vehicle” industry, the SUV draws on core computing technology. Guts are built with partners including Google, Apple, Nvidia, Luminar and Qualcomm.

With a range of 360 miles, the EX90 outperforms most new battery electric SUVs on the market, including the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Tesla Model X. It also features bi-directional charging to use the car battery as an additional power source to power home appliances to supply and feed energy back into the grid.

The automaker said Wednesday it plans to roll out a Volvo app, details follow, and expand its subscription-based ownership and Care by Volvo maintenance programs to more cities and countries.

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