Volvo Cars India had launched its first electric car XC40 Recharge in the country in July this year at ₹55.90 lakh (ex-showroom).
This month, Volvo began delivering the XC40 Recharge, the company’s first electric vehicle in India, to its customers. At 55.90 lakh, Volvo had previously introduced the XC40 Recharge in India as the most reasonably priced luxury SUV there (ex-showroom). At the automaker’s Hosakote facility in Karnataka, close to Bengaluru, it is also the first luxury SUV to be locally assembled in India. When it comes to luxury electric cars in the nation, the XC40 Recharge competes with models like the Kia EV6.
The first electric SUV from the Swedish automaker was delivered to a customer in Gujarat. “This delivery is historic as it not only marks the beginning of our journey towards becoming an all-electric car company by 2030, but it will also be the first car being delivered under our ambitious Online Direct Sales model,” said Jyoti Malhotra, Managing Director at Volvo Car India, who was present for the delivery.
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Malhotra added that since the launch of the XC40 Recharge, Volvo has seen positive feedback. Over 500 orders have already been placed for the EV. Before the year is over, Volvo hopes to put about 100 vehicles on Indian roads.
In March of this year, the Volvo XC40 Recharge electric SUV was unveiled. In April, the launch was supposed to happen. The launch, however, had to be postponed until the third quarter of the year due to issues related to the Covid-19 situation.
A sprint from 0 to 100 mph in the XC40 Recharge takes less than five seconds, making it one of the fastest electric vehicles in its class. With a power output of 408 horsepower and a staggering 660 Nm of peak torque, it is also among the most potent in its segment. The XC40 Recharge’s maximum speed has been restricted to 180 kmph.
A 78 kWh lithium-ion battery pack powers the XC40 Recharge electric SUV. The XC40 Recharge can travel more than 400 kilometres on a single charge thanks to the large battery. The electric SUV’s certified range, which is closer to its actual range in practise, is about 335 kilometres.