“The Future is Electric”
Volvo Cars have just introduced the XC40 Recharge, the company’s first ever fully electric car and the first model to appear in its brand-new Recharge car line concept.
The XC40 Recharge, based on the multi-award-winning and best-selling XC40 small SUV, is the first of the fully electric Volvo family. Representing a true milestone for Volvo Cars, the company’s first electric car and the first Volvo with a brand-new infotainment system powered by Google’s Android operating system.
Over the next five years, Volvo Cars will launch a fully electric car every year, as it seeks to make all-electric cars 50 per cent of global sales by 2025, with the rest hybrids. Recharge will be the overarching name for all chargeable Volvos with a fully electric and plug-in hybrid powertrain.
Every Volvo model in the range includes a Recharge option, from the small XC40 SUV via the 60 Series cars to the company’s flagship, the large XC90 SUV. Volvo Cars is the only car maker to offer a plug-in variant on every model in its line-up. “We have said this several times before: for Volvo Cars, the future is electric,” said Hokan Samuelsson, chief executive.
To further encourage electric driving, every Volvo Recharge plug-in hybrid model will come with free electricity for a year, provided through a refund for the average electricity cost during that period.
Volvo Cars aims for plug-in hybrid cars to make up 20 per cent of total sales in 2020. The XC40 Recharge and the Recharge car line are also tangible proof points of the company’s ambitious new action plan, launched October 17,2019, which represents concrete actions in line with the Paris climate agreement and supports Volvo Cars’ ambition to become a climate-neutral company by 2040.
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