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Volvo e-volving: From vroom-vroom to hummm-hum

CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Volvo SA has told The Corner that its range of vehicles is now almost entirely electrified as further progress is made towards the brand’s  global ambition to morph to fully electric cars by 2030.

The updated range in South African is now predominantly all-electric – plug-in hybrid and mild-hybrid vehicles.

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Volvo Cars SA’s MD Greg Maruzewski told The Corner the move was following the Gothenburg-based company’s global strategy so would present to South Africa an opportunity to experience the benefits of the three stages of vehicle electrification.

“Our mild-hybrid (electric/liquid fuel) vehicles have less exhaust emissions, better fuel economy and stronger on-road performance – perhaps a stepping stones to Volvo plug-in hybrids and eventually to our all-electric vehicles.”

The media event included Volvo’s first fully electric car, the XC40 P8 Recharge, XC60 T8 Recharge, and XC90 T8 Recharge plug-in hybrids. B5- and B6-badged mild-hybrid variants – the rest of the XC60/XC90 range – were also to hand to show off their kinetic energy recovery System (KERS).

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The decision to shift focus to hybrids, The Corner was told outside of the launch event, was based on the belief that such powertrains were ”the ideal solution for most of our customers”.

The S90 and V90 Cross Country range also offers only mild-hybrid powertrains so now the only petrol-only Volvos in SA are the T-badged XC40 derivatives.

Globally, Recharge sales were 34% of Volvo’s global sales in the last quarter of 2021 and plug-in hybrids 28.

*So, it won’t be long before Volvo vroom-vroom becomes Volvo ho-hum…! – Editor

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