Volvo announces that the bookings for the brand’s first fully-electric vehicle the Volvo XC40 Recharge will open for the Indian market in June 2021. Furthermore, the Swedish brand also confirmed the market launch of the XC40 Recharge will take place in October 2021 followed by the commencing of deliveries in the Indian market. The brand has revealed that it plans to double the volumes in the next two years, in the premium electric car segment and by the year 2025 electric cars will constitute 80% of the annual sales.
Volvo XC40 Recharge
Powering the Volvo XC40 Recharge are twin electric motors, one on each axle that together develops 408 Hp of power and 660 Nm of torque. The electric motors draw power from a 78 kWh battery pack that provides 400 Km of range on the WLTP cycle. The battery charging can be done using an 11kW AC charger or a 150kW DC fast-charger at a dedicated charging station which takes only 40 minutes to recharge from 0% State of Charge to 80% SOC.
Carbon Neutral Brand
The brand plans to become carbon neutral by 2040 and has taken several initiatives to achieve the goal. Volvo is pushing all its dealerships in the Indian market to become green dealerships and the brand is undertaking skill up-gradation of the workforce for the same. The dealer workforce will also be trained to become familiar with electric car technology and to respond to the customers’ queries on the new technology. The brand has also announced that it plans to sell only fully electric cars by the year 2030 and phase out any other internal combustion engine models including hybrid engines. The brand has taken this bold step to consistently reduce the life cycle carbon footprint per car and it is a part of Volvo’s global climate plan.