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.
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.
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.”
”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.