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Model shock! Most of Volvo SA range goes electric

CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Volvo has announced that most its South African model range now has electric versions and it’s thanks to a global transformation promised by 2030.

The SA model range, the local company says, now predominantly offers all-electric, plug-in hybrid, and mild-hybrid options.

Volvo Car SA’s MD Greg Maruszewski told The Corner: ”The move is in line with the Gothenburg-based company’s global strategy. Our mild-hybrid vehicles release less exhaust emissions, cut fuel-consumption, and have stronger road performance.

”They’re stepping stones to our plug-in hybrids which will add electric-on.y power.”

“IDEAL SOLUTION FOR COMPANIES'”

Wheels24 wasn’t invited but was told examples were driven during the event: the XC40 P8 Recharge, XC60 T8 Recharge, and XC90 T8 Recharge plug-in hybrids. B5 and B6 mild-hybrid variants – the rest of the XC60 and XC90 versions – were also show for journos to experience their on-the-move energy-recovery abilities.

Maruszewski’s media release told The Corner the local distributors decided to bring in the battery/petrol cars because ”the powertrain is an ideal solution for most company buyers”.

‘GROWTH IS RAPID’

He added that not only the safety technology ”intrinsic to Volvo’s vehicles” but also ”the class-leading” connectivity available, such as an Android-powered infotainment system complete with Google apps and services.

The media release added: ”In global terms, the rapid growth of our electric range continues -Recharge models were 34% of our global sales through the fourth quarter of 2021 and plug-in hybrids made up 28%.

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