The Swedish automaker Volvo recently launched the EM90 Electric Minivan, their most recent invention and foray into the entirely electric minivan industry. While currently exclusive to China there are hints that it might eventually make its way to other markets where luxury minivans are in demand. Priced at a hefty USD 114,000 (approximately Rs. 94.75 lakh in India) the EM90 is not your typical people mover, it is designed to be more of a high-end mobile office on wheels.
Distinctive Design and Volvo Heritage: A Swedish Touch on Zeekr 009
As part of the Geely automotive family, Volvo's EM90 shares its platform with the Zeekr 009. Essentially, the EM90 can be seen as the Swedish counterpart to the Zeekr 009, incorporating distinctive Volvo design elements. The front fascia proudly carries the Volvo signature with similar headlights, grille, and other features found in the newer EX30 electric crossover SUV. Despite the shared platform, subtle differences in the side and rear profiles allow the trained eye to distinguish between the two.
Dimensions and Practical Design: Spacious and Convenient
Measuring approximately 5209 mm in length, 2024 mm in width, and 1867 mm in height, with a 3205 mm long wheelbase, the Volvo EM90 is a sizable minivan. It features sliding rear doors for easy entry and exit, maximizing interior space and embodying typical minivan proportions.
Interior Features: Scandinavian Elegance and High-Tech Comfort
The interior of the EM90 showcases Scandinavian minimalism, with an uncluttered dashboard boasting a 15.4-inch square infotainment screen as its centerpiece. The 2+2+2 layout offers a unique second-row experience with individual captain chairs. These seats, not only comfortable but also laden with features, include electric adjustability, heating, and ventilation, along with two folding trays. The second-row passengers are treated to a 15.6-inch entertainment screen that descends from the ceiling, instantly transforming the space into a versatile environment suitable for meetings, entertainment, or relaxation.
Performance and Battery Technology: Efficient and Powerful
The EM90 is equipped with a 116 kWh battery sourced from CATL, enabling fast charging capabilities. Propelled by a single 268 bhp electric motor driving the rear wheels, the minivan boasts an impressive range of 738 km on a single charge. Accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.3 seconds, it also features a quick 30-minute charge from 10% to 80%. However, it's worth noting that the Zeekr 009 variant offers a dual motor layout with 540 bhp, achieving a faster 0-100 km/h sprint in 4.5 seconds, a specification not available in the Volvo EM90.
A combination of opulent styling, cutting-edge technologies, and effective electric performance is found in Volvo's EM90 Electric Minivan. While currently exclusive to the Chinese market, its unique combination of Scandinavian elegance and cutting-edge technology could potentially attract a global audience in the luxury minivan segment.