Volvo will launch the first fully electric car of its Swedish luxury brand in South Africa in the second half of 2021.
Greg Maruszewski, Volvo Car South Africa Managing Director said dealers will take orders for the XC40 Recharge in April, adding that deliveries will begin in August.
The carmaker said it will confirm prices later this month.
Volvo Car South Africa is also implementing an extensive network of charging stations at its dealerships and by the end of 2021, every Volvo dealership will have charge station.
Owners will charge the vehicle at a dealership, at home, or in one of the growing public networks charging stations.
Maruszewski stated that the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric can travel over 400 km on a single charge, saying owners can charge it to 80% of the battery’s capacity in just 40 minutes with a quick charger.
Maruszewski believes the XC40 Recharge will find favour in South Africa.
“South Africans are already big fans of the XC40 internal combustion engine; it held 8.40% of its segment in 2019, which grew to 14.70% in 2020.
We look forward to bringing the enormous benefits of electric driving, and more to an already award-winning package,” said Maruszewski.
The automaker said the XC40 Recharge will deliver high performance, with its dual electric motors producing 304kW (408hp) of power and 660Nm of torque to deliver a 0-100km / h time of just 4.9 seconds.
He said the all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) has already showed strong international sales, adding that thousands of buyers have been placing orders have for the XC40 Recharge even before the formal start of sales in Europe last year.
Volvo said they have already sold all the cars scheduled to build at the start of production at the Ghent, Belgium plant on October 1 last year.
Swedish company will launch the first five electric XC40 cars over the next five years.
“Volvo Cars will bring a fully electric car to market every year as we try to make electric cars with the remaining hybrids for 50 percent of global sales by 2025.
Charging will be the superordinate name for all chargeable Volvos with a fully electric and pluggable hybrid drive train, “explains Maruszewski.
Introducing the XC40 Recharge is an important step in Volvo Cars’s drive to reduce its carbon footprint per vehicle by 40 percent by 2025.
“In the same year, we expect to achieve 50 percent of global sales with fully electric cars and the other hybrids. However, the company only wants to build electric cars by 2030,” he explains.