Volvo Car India today launched its pure electric XC40 Recharge SUV, which will be the first locally assembled luxury electric vehicle in India. Priced at Rs 55.90 lakh (ex-showroom), it is Rs 11.40 lakh more expensive than its petrol-engined sibling.
The Volvo XC40 Recharge gets a 78kWh battery capable of 150kW DC fast charging that can top the car from 10 to 80 percent in a claimed 33 minutes. On a more easily accessible 50kW fast charger, Volvo says the XC40 Recharge can charge 100 percent in about 2.5 hours.
With a claimed range of 418km on the WLTP cycle, the XC40 Recharge is available in India in the higher-spec ‘Twin’ version, which has two electric motors – one on each axle producing 408hp and 660Nm of torque. This makes it almost twice as powerful as the petrol-powered XC40 and comparable to the larger and more expensive Audi e-tron 55 Quattro. All that power gives the XC40 Recharge a brisk 0-100 time of 4.9 seconds, however, the EV is 400kg heavier than the petrol model, weighing in at 2,188kg.
“The launch of the XC40 Recharge and its assembly at our Bangalore plant further reinforces Volvo Car’s long term vision and commitment to India and the Indian consumer. We are happy that the wait is over for our loyal consumers who have long wanted an EV with the hallmark quality and safety that Volvo is globally known for. Range upto four hundred plus kilometre of the XC40 Recharge, on a single charge is an added attraction." said Jyoti Malhotra, Managing Director, Volvo Car India
The XC40 Recharge is available exclusively on Volvo's website and buyers will be able to place orders from July 27 for a token amount of Rs 50,000. The XC40 Recharge will come with one 11kW wall-box charger; a three-year warranty is being offered on the car and an eight-year warranty on the batteries.
In terms of features, the XC40 Recharge borrows infotainment and telematics from the facelifted XC60, and that means a sharper new set of digital dials and the new Android-based infotainment system. The driver gets direct access to Google Maps and Assistant, and a number of apps from the PlayStore with the help of an onboard e-SIM.
The XC40 Recharge also gets a panoramic sunroof, wireless phone charging, a full suite of sensor-based ADAS tech with Level 2 Autonomous driving, connected car tech, powered front seats with driver-side memory and a premium Harman Kardon sound system.
How it compares with other EVs
Priced at Rs 55.90 lakh, the XC40 Recharge sits between another luxury EVs like the Mini Cooper SE on one hand and the BMW i4 and the Kia EV6 on the other. The XC40 Recharge will also take on the Hyundai Ioniq 5, which will be launched next year and will also be locally assembled.
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