Volvo claims that all units of the XC40 Recharge P8 that are scheduled to be built during this calendar year have already been sold.
In October last year, Volvo had pulled the wraps off its first-ever fully-electric vehicle, the XC40 Recharge P8. As the name suggests, the XC40 Recharge is based on one of Volvo's global bestsellers, and therefore, it wasn't surprising to see Volvo kickstart its electric mobility chapter with an electric version of its entry-level compact SUV.
This time though, the good news from the Geely-owned firm is that the XC40 Recharge has officially entered production at its plant in Ghent, Belgium. This is a significant step towards Volvo's long-term aim to reduce its per car CO2 footprint by 40% by 2025. With more EVs expected to join the product portfolio in the coming years, Volvo is confident that by the same year, nearly 50% of its global sales will come from either fully-electric or hybrid models.
Built on Volvo's Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), the XC40 Recharge P8 is powered by a 402bhp powertrain, which sends power to all four wheels. With fast-charging capabilities, the XC40 Recharge can charge up to 80 per cent of its battery in about 40 minutes. On a full and single charge, the XC40 Recharge P8 can drive up to 400km (WLTP test cycle).
Apart from some EV-specific changes outside, the XC40 Recharge also gets a modified interior design, courtesy of a new Android-powered infotainment system (with embedded Google services like Google Assistant, Google Maps & the Google Play Store) and a new driver's display, with an EV-specific user interface. The new system offers complete Android Automotive OS integration, OTA (Over-The-Air) updates, and 'Volvo On Call' in-car connected services.