Volvo XC40 Recharge

The Volvo XC40 Recharge. Image: Motorpress

Volvo sparks new wave of South African EVs: XC40 SUV charges in

Volvo’s first all-electric SUV, the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric, plugs into the South African in the second half of 2021.

Volvo XC40 Recharge

The Volvo XC40 Recharge. Image: Motorpress

The Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric – the first all-electric car from the Swedish luxury brand – will be launched in South Africa in the second half of 2021.

This all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) has already demonstrated strong sales internationally. Thousands of orders were placed for the XC40 Recharge even before the formal start of sales in Europe last year. By the start of production in the company’s Ghent, Belgium, plant on 1 October last year, every car scheduled to be built that calendar year had already been sold.

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Volvo XC40 Recharge boasts 400km range

According to Volvo Car South Africa managing director Greg Maruszewski, the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric is capable of travelling more than 400km on a single charge.

“It can be charged to 80% of its battery capacity in as little as 40 minutes using a fast charger.”

Volvo SA to roll out network of charging stations

The XC40 Recharge will deliver a brisk performance, with its twin electric motors producing 304kW of power and 660 Nm of torque to deliver a 0 to 100km/h time of just 4.9 seconds. While pleasing in the area of performance, the car scores highly in the field of practicality too.

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For instance, the lack of an internal combustion engine frees up space for an additional 30-litre storage compartment – or “frunk” – under the front bonnet, while the placement of the batteries under the centre of the car means space is not compromised elsewhere.

Owners will be able to charge the vehicle at a dealership, at home or at one of the ever-growing network of public charging stations.

Volvo Car South Africa is also rolling out an extensive network of charging stations at its dealerships and, by the end of 2021, each Volvo dealership will have a charging station.

Electric future for Volvo

The XC40 is the first of five fully electric cars to be launched by the Swedish company over the next five years.

“Volvo Cars will launch a fully electric car every year, as we look to make all-electric cars 50% of global sales by 2025, with the rest hybrids. Recharge will be the overarching name for all chargeable Volvos with a fully electric and plug-in hybrid powertrain,” Maruszewski explained.

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The launch of the XC40 Recharge is a significant step towards Volvo Cars’ ambition to reduce its CO2 footprint per car by 40% by 2025.

“That same year, it expects 50% of its global sales to consist of fully electric cars, with the rest hybrids. But 2030, the company aims to only build electric cars,” Maruszewski elaborated.

Volvo XC40 Recharge ready to rumble in SA

Maruszewski believes that the XC40 Recharge will find favour in South Africa.

“South Africans are already firm fans of the internal combustion engine-powered XC40; it had an 8.4% share of its segment in 2019; that grew to 14.7% in 2020. We look forward to bringing the huge benefits of electric driving – and more – to an already award-winning package,” he concluded.

Volvo dealers will start taking orders for the XC40 Recharge in April. Deliveries will commence in August. The price of the XC40 Recharge will be confirmed later this month.