The first all-electric vehicle from Volvo, the XC40 Recharge, will be available in South Africa in the second half of 2021.
The XC40 Recharge has been available in European markets since October 2020, and every model that was to be built during the 2020 calendar year was sold before going into production.
XC40 Recharge specs
The XC40 Recharge all-electric SUV is powered by twin electric motors that produce 304kW of power and 660Nm of torque.
This is enough to see the 100km/h milestone reached in just 4.9 seconds.
Additionally, when your electric SUV does use up its 400km range, it can be charged to 80% in 40 minutes using a fast charger.
“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,” said Greg Maruszewski, Managing Director at Volvo Car South Africa.
In the case of this SUV, practicality also goes hand in hand with performance, as the electrical powertrain allows for an additional 30 litres of storage below the bonnet.
Volvo in the next five years
As part of their ongoing initiative to turn all-electric vehicles into their main source of sales, Volvo will be releasing five all-electric vehicles every year until 2025.
The XC40 Recharge is the first model in this line-up, with the C40 Recharge – which was unveiled last week – being the second.
Maruszewski believes that the XC40 Recharge will find favour in South Africa, as its internal combustion counterpart saw a significant increase in market share during 2020.
“We look forward to bringing the huge benefits of electric driving and more to an already award-winning package.”
Local orders for the new XC40 Recharge will open in April, with deliveries commencing in August.
The local price of this new Volvo SUV will be confirmed later this month.