JOHANNESBURG – It’s no secret that Volvo’s XC40 Recharge Pure Electric is coming to South Africa. The first all-electric automobile from the Swedish luxurious model shall be launched in South Africa within the second half of 2021.
This all-electric sport utility automobile (SUV) has already constructed sturdy gross sales momentum internationally. Thousands of orders have been positioned for the XC40 Recharge even earlier than the formal begin of gross sales in Europe final year.
By the beginning of manufacturing within the company’s Ghent, Belgium, plant on October 1 final year, each automobile scheduled to be constructed that calendar year had already been offered.
According to Greg Maruszewski, Managing Director at Volvo Car South Africa, the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric is able to travelling greater 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,” he reveals.
The XC40 Recharge will ship a brisk efficiency, with its twin electrical motors producing 304kW (408 hp) of energy and 660Nm of torque to ship a 0-100 km/h dash time of simply 4.9 seconds.
While pleasing within the space of efficiency, the automobile scores extremely within the subject of practicality too. The lack of an inside combustion engine frees up area for a further 30-litre storage compartment – or ‘frunk’ – underneath the entrance bonnet, whereas the position of the batteries underneath the centre of the automobile means area shouldn’t be compromised elsewhere.
Owners will have the ability to charge the automobile at a Volvo dealership, at residence or at one of many ever-growing community of public charging stations. Volvo Car South Africa can also be rolling out an intensive community of charging stations at its dealerships and, by the top of 2021, every Volvo dealership may have a charging station.
ALL ELECTRIC FUTURE
The XC40 Recharge is the primary of 5 totally electrical automobiles to be launched by the Swedish company over the following 5 years. “Volvo Cars will launch a fully electric car every year, as we look to make all-electric cars 50 per cent 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 explains.
The launch of the XC40 Recharge is a big step in the direction of Volvo Cars’ ambition to cut back its carbon dioxide footprint per automobile by 40 per cent by 2025. “That same year, it expects 50 percent of its global sales to consist of fully electric cars, with the rest hybrids. By 2030, the company aims to only build electric cars,” he elaborates.
Maruszewski believes that the XC40 Recharge will discover favour in South Africa. “South Africans are already firm fans of the internal combustion engine-powered XC40; it had an 8.40% share of its segment in 2019; that grew to 14.70% in 2020. We look forward to bringing the huge benefits of electric driving – and more – to an already award-winning package,” he concludes.
Volvo sellers will begin taking orders for the XC40 Recharge in April. Deliveries will begin in August. The value of the XC40 Recharge shall be confirmed later this month.