XC40 Recharge is the first of five all-electric cars planned to be launched by Volvo over the next 5 years
Following strong recorded sales for its all-electric SUV in the international market, Swedish car manufacturer Volvo has now turned its attention to the South African market where the company will launch its XC40 Recharge Pure Electric, mostly by the second half of 2021.
Elaborating on its latest EV offering, Greg Maruszewski, MD, Volvo Car South Africa, stated that the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric can travel over 400km on a single charge and can be charged to 80% in less than 40 minutes using a fast charger.
With twin motors producing 660Nm of torque and 304kW (408 hp) of power, the XC40 Recharge can deliver a brisk performance, and can travel from 0-100 km/h in just 4.9 seconds.
Meeting the likes of electric SUVs in terms of performance, the XC40 Recharge also scores well in the field of practicality. Absence of an internal combustion engine leaves behind a massive storage space of around 30-litre under the front bonnet, while setting down its batteries under the center does not compromise on space elsewhere.
Sources close to the launch state that owners of the XC40 Recharge in South Africa can charge up their vehicle at Volvo’s dealership, at their home, or at one of the country’s fast-growing public charging station infrastructure. The automaker’s South Africa unit is also culminating plans to set up a vast network of charging stations at its dealerships by the end of 2021.
Maruszewski added that Volvo Cars aims to launch an all-electric car every year, as it looks to make EVs account for 50% of global sales by 2025, with the rest covered by hybrids. The XC40 Recharge will be one of many upcoming Volvos that will come with a fully electric and plug-in hybrid powertrain.