Volvo XC40 is finally showcased in India, and the bookings for the same will open by June this year. Read the detailed report here.
As fossils fuel sources are depleting at a fast pace, electricity is turning out to be the next source of energy to power the wheels. With every passing day, carmakers are strengthening plans to introduce EVs in the Indian market. Volvo has also announced to join the race by unveiling the XC40 Recharge in India. The all-electric Volvo XC40 Recharge will be the first electric offering of the brand in our market. Also, the carmaker has confirmed that it will start accepting the bookings for the XC40 Recharge from June this year, while the deliveries begin by October.
In terms of looks, the Volvo XC40 recharge looks quite like the SUV’s ICE iteration with some EV-specific details. The grille is not functional anymore and is finished in the same paint scheme as the rest of the car. However, the big change is under the hood. The 2.0L turbo-petrol unit is now swapped with an electric powertrain, which comprises of two 204 Hp electric motors placed at the front and the rear axle. Powering these motors is a 78 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that sits under the floor. With this setup, the XC40 Recharge can propel itself from a standstill to 100 kmph in just 4.9 seconds. The top speed, however, is capped at 180 kmph only.
The XC40 Recharge’s battery pack can be charged from 0 to 80 per cent in just 40 mins via a DC fast charger. The AC charger, on the other hand, takes a longer duration. On a single charge, the XC40 Recharge can travel up to 418 kilometres (WLTP-certified range), which is a kilometre higher than Mercedes-Benz EQC’s 417 km WLTP-certified range.
Furthermore, the electrified Volvo XC40 comes with Google’s Android OS for the infotainment system. It also offers Volvo On Call connected car tech. Talking of the prices, it is expected to command an acceptable premium over the XC40’s T4 petrol trim. Once launched, the Volvo XC40 Recharge will join the race to the future with other luxury-EVs like Mercedes-Benz EQC and the upcoming Jaguar I-Pace.