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Electric Volvo cruising Sandton – you want one?

TOURING IN SANDTON: The Volvo dealer in Sandton, north of Johannesburg, has received notification of the arrival of the first electric XS40 Recharge. Image: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – The ”highly anticipated” Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge has been spotted on South African roads – the Swedish firm’s first all-electric vehicle (EV).

All initial units were bought only four days after Volvo opened an order book for the battery-powered XC40 in May 2021 and now the first has arrived at Tom Campher Volvo in Sandton, north of Johannesburg.

GREG MARUSZEWSKI: Volvo Car SA’s MD, Image: SuppLied

More units have been ordered from Sweden and, The Corner was told, and should arrive by mid-2020 as the top model in the electric range priced at around R1.2 million and through the automaker’s My Volvo website.

FIVE-YEAR WARRANTY

Greg Maruszewski, Volvo Car SA’s MD, told The Corner buying one of the the brand’s first pure electric model would include a number of benefits:

“Each XC40 P8 Recharge will ship with a CARE package – that means not only a five-year maintenance plan/warranty – the battery pack covered for eight years or 160 000km – but also three years’ comprehensive insurance, use of a conventional vehicle for a two-week holiday each year for three years, and a home-charging wall box and charge cables.”

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”The new Volvos,” the automaker says, ”should manage about 420km per charge to 80% capacity replenished using a fast charger. Two electric motors can produce 304kW/660Nm.”

Power will be sent to all four wheels and, if necessary, take the cars from zero to 100km/h from rest in less than five seconds. Standard safety equipment will include, driving-assistance features.

ALL ELECTRIC: The latest electric Volvo has now reached South Africa. Image: Supplied

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