The Times of India has interacted with Volvo Car India’s Managing Director Charles Frump who has said that the company intends to launch Volvo’s first pure electric car “at some stage” and is evaluating the response it receives globally. Volvo said in January that it had already received several thousand “firm orders” from online bookings that are open in select regions including USA and Europe. Allocation for India we presume would be mainly dependent on a stable government policy for EVs and the evolution of sales of premium electric SUVs that have entered the market early.
Volvo Cars would be studying the response to electric vehicle launches in India, and the higher-than-anticipated response to the MG ZS EV and Hyundai Kona confirm that a niche is opening up in the premium segment for zero-emission crossovers. Volvo would also consider the feedback received for the VW ID.4, the Jaguar i-Pace and the Audi e-tron when firming-up its Electric Vehicle strategy for India which could become a small but growing avenue for sales and brand image.
[Source – TimesOfIndia.indiatimes.com]
January 13, 2020 –
The fully-electric Volvo XC40 Recharge will be launched in India in late 2021 or early 2022, as reported by Moneycontrol, which is citing an unnamed company official. The XC40 Recharge is Volvo’s first-ever fully electric car and the first model to appear in the new ‘Recharge’ car line concept.
Based on the XC40, the XC40 Recharge features an all-wheel-drive powertrain, with two motors and a 78 kWh battery. The XC40 Recharge gets a range of over 400 km (WLTP) on a single charge and output of 408 hp. The battery charges to 80% of its capacity in 40 minutes on a fast-charger system. XC40 Recharge can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds and has a top speed of 180 km/h.
The Volvo XC40 is the first Volvo to get an infotainment system powered by Android, with built-in Google Assistant, Google Maps and the Google Play Store. Unlike Android Auto which is a secondary interface over Android, Android Automotive OS is a dedicated platform that is fully integrated with the Volvo On Call digital connected services platform. The XC40 Recharge is also the first Volvo to receive software and operating system updates over the air for its software and operating system.
Volvo Cars aims to become a climate-neutral company by 2040
Volvo Cars has announced a plan last year to reduce its lifecycle carbon footprint per car by 40 per cent between 2018 and 2025, the first step towards making Volvo Cars a climate-neutral company by 2040.
As part of the goal, Volvo aims to generate 50 per cent of its global sales from fully electric cars by 2025, resulting in a 50 per cent reduction in tailpipe carbon emissions. Other short-term goals include 25 per cent reduction of CO2 emissions related to its global supply chain by 2025, 25 per cent share of recycled plastics in new Volvo cars by 2025 and a 25 per cent reduction of carbon emissions generated by the company’s overall operations, including manufacturing and logistics.
Volvo Cars will also be phasing out cars powered only by an internal combustion engine and from 2020, every Volvo car launched will be electrified.