2024 Volvo EX90: Will A Volvo EX90 Coming? Volvo is one of the few manufacturers that appears to have openly embraced the total electrification of its range, and the company plans to execute this even before the deadline that has been set by the European Union, which is 2035.
We were among the first people to witness the Volvo EX90 at its formal global premiere earlier this week in Stockholm. It is the company’s first customized electric vehicle, which means that it was developed specifically to be electric from the bottom up.
It rides on the same platform as the Polestar 3, with the same pair of synchronous permanent magnet motors, the same 111 kWh battery pack, and roughly the same specifications as the Polestar 3. Mechanically, it is almost similar to the Polestar 3.
However, that is really the only thing the EX90 and the Polestar 3 have in common; the exterior design of the EX90 is much more conventional than that of the Polestar 3, and it is intended to be a more practical vehicle, featuring a third row of seats that a person who is six feet tall can almost fit into.
Its outward design seems to be a development of the design of the XC90, but there is no grille on it (not even a fake one), and the front and rear overhangs are somewhat longer to increase the vehicle’s aerodynamics.
Inside, Volvo made an effort to get rid of as many physical buttons as they could by moving their functions to a screen that was 14.5 inches in size. This is the first time that we’ve seen a button for the hazard lights moved to a touchscreen, although it is still available in physical form in a panel that is located above the driver.
Despite operating on a 400-volt design, the Volvo EX90 is capable of charging at up to 250 kW, much as the Polestar 3. This is because it has the capacity to withstand a larger peak amperage than most existing fast chargers, which is up to 600 amps, while the highest amperage that most fast chargers can deliver is just 350 amps.
The Volvo EX90 will be the safest car that Volvo has ever produced because of an array of ultrasonic sensors and cameras that have been placed all around the vehicle. According to the maker, it even features Lidar that can “see” in total darkness up to a distance of 250 meters, which is about 820 feet. This feature, which makes traveling at night much safer, is included in the product.
It won’t be until the latter half of the next year that production of the EX90 gets underway, and we shouldn’t anticipate deliveries to start until the beginning of 2024. It is important to note that the car that you see in the video is most likely the only one of its kind that exists at this time anywhere in the world.
However, the car that you see in the video wasn’t actually fully functional because there was a man with a remote that operated some of its functions because they couldn’t be controlled from inside the vehicle yet. For example, the cool LED DRLs that open didn’t yet work when you turned on the headlights.
Stylish and Sustainable
The EX90 takes a typical approach to the design of SUVs by rounding out the corners and sharp edges. There is not even an indication of a grille, the door handles are flat with the bodywork, and the wheels have smooth inlays in between the spokes of the rims.
All of this is done to assist reduce the amount of aerodynamic drag, which is an essential factor for an electric vehicle since it helps boost range.
The end result is a coefficient of drag (Cd) of 0.29, which is lower than the current Volvo XC90 three-row SUV, which has a Cd of 0.33. (lower numbers are better). The Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV has a coefficient of adherence of 0.26, making it much more slippery than the Lexus EX90.
However, the designers at Volvo decided to go with a more conventional SUV form, one that is in keeping with the Volvo XC90 that runs on gasoline. They did not use the Jell-O mold shape that Mercedes used.
According to an interview conducted by Digital Trends with Volvo’s head of external design T. Jon Mayer, “The profile and a little of the plan view is a bit rounder than maybe we’ve done in the past.” “It’s not a jellybean blob by any stretch of the imagination, but there are very fine points to consider with the amount of roundness you add around the borders.
Along with a longer rear overhang, this detail work helps to keep air moving smoothly around the vehicle, which, in line with the minimalist ideal of Scandinavian design, helps to keep the bodywork looking clean.
The cabin has the same simple style as the cabins of Volvos now on the market, but there is a greater focus on using environmentally friendly materials. The decorative elements are produced using a substance called Nordico, which is a combination of recycled PET plastic bottles and biomaterial obtained from forests in Sweden and Finland.
Henrik Green, director of worldwide advanced technology and sustainability at Volvo, told Digital Trends that “it’s really driven by the design department.” Green went on to note that designers are constantly wanting to explore new and alternative materials. “It’s truly driven by the design department.”
According to Volvo, the EX90 features around 15% recycled plastic, 15% recycled steel, and 25% recycled aluminum. This would make it the Volvo production vehicle with the highest percentage of recycled material to date, according to Green. That helps minimize the electric SUV’s carbon impact to an even greater extent.
Next-level Sensor Tech
The driver-assistance systems of today are made possible by sensors, and manufacturers claim that these sensors will lay the groundwork for autonomous vehicles of the future. As the first Volvo vehicle to use built-in lidar, the EX90 represents a significant step toward realizing that future.
The majority of those who are working on developing autonomous vehicles have already begun using this sensor technology, which operates on the same concept as radar but employs light rather than radio waves.
Volvo thinks that the capacity of “unsupervised autonomous driving” will be possible to be enabled by an over-the-air (OTA) upgrade at some point in the not-too-distant future.
However, in order to install a lidar unit on a vehicle that already had five radar sensors, eight cameras, and sixteen ultrasonic sensors, the designers and engineers had to figure out where to place the lidar unit.
A vigilant Eye
The sensors do not only examine the environment outside the vehicle. The “driver understanding system” that comes standard on the EX90 monitors the driver’s eyes in order to identify signs of attention, tiredness, or drunkenness.
Other manufacturers of automobiles have developed their own systems for monitoring drivers, although these systems typically just monitor the direction in which the driver is looking.
Volvo claims that its technology can track trends to more accurately determine a driver’s mental state. In addition to this, unlike the majority of other systems, it makes use of not one but two cameras, each of which is positioned differently, and it is integrated into the vehicle’s driver assistance features, which enables the vehicle to react on its own.
In addition to improving the driver monitoring system, Volvo also improved the occupant sensing system. The majority of automobile manufacturers provide rear-seat warnings to discourage drivers from leaving children or pets in the vehicle alone.
Volvo, on the other hand, installed in-car radar devices that are able to detect the breathing of a sleeping newborn. According to Volvo, they extend across the whole passenger compartment as well as the trunk, and they are linked to the temperature control system. This allows the climate control system to be activated automatically in order to decrease the danger of hypothermia or heatstroke.