The XC40 Recharge will be Volvo’s first all-electric offering for India. Powered by a 78kWh battery pack the XC40 Recharge develops over 400 horses and claims a driving range of 418km as per the WLTP test cycle
Volvo has been vocal about their plans of focusing on fully-electric powertrains for a while now. The company aims to achieve 50% of its sales from electric vehicles by 2025 and hopes to become completely carbon neutral 2040. Taking their first step towards these goals, Volvo will bring in the XC40 Recharge to India in the second half of 2021. Unveiled globally in October last year, the XC40 Recharge is the Swedish carmaker’s first fully-electric offering. Production of the XC40 Recharge commenced just last month.
With the exception of the front grille, the XC40 Recharge looks pretty much identical to its namesake. And since the battery pack positioned at the base under the seat, Volvo has managed to make some storage space in the bonnet as well. The biggest difference, however, is at the heart of things. The XC40 Recharge is powered by a 78kWh battery pack that powers two motors – one on each axle – delivering an overall output of 402bhp and 660Nm. All this power takes the XC40 Recharge from standstill to 100km/h in under 5 seconds, and like every Volvo, the top-speed is limited to 180km/h. Charging the battery pack from zero to 80% takes just 40 minutes when connected to a 150kW DC fast charger. With an 11kW AC fast charger, the XC40 takes about 8-10 hours for a full charge.
As far as the interior goes, the XC40 Recharge looks identical to the standard model. The 9-inch central touchscreen in this one is an Android-based unit that gets Google assistant and over-the-air updates. Other features include a fully-digital instrument cluster, dual-zone climate control, adaptive headlights and a ton of safety features.
The Volvo XC40 Recharge will be brought into India via the CBU route. Volvo claims that the pricing of the XC40 will be extremely competitive.