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Volvo Car India introduced its first electric vehicle in India. The new Volvo XC40 Recharge is an electric SUV which was launched at Rs 55.90 lakh ex-showroom. This is the first luxury electric vehicle to be built in India. The company will take reservations for the same tomorrow on its official website. Prices start at Rs 50,000 and deliveries will begin in October.
The new Volvo XC40 Recharge uses the same Compact Modular Architecture platform as the regular XC40. Two electric motors power it, delivering a total output of 402 horsepower and 660 Nm peak torque. The electric SUV can accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in just 4.9 seconds, while its maximum speed is only 180 kmph.
The 78kWh lithium-ion pack in the XC40 Recharge powers the XC40. Volvo claims it can travel 418km on one charge (WLTP cycle). The luxury Swedish electric SUV can be charged in as little as 40 minutes using a 150kW DC fast charger, while standard 11kW AC chargers take around 8 hours to reach 0 to 80%.
It gets a panoramic roof, an Android-based infotainment platform with connected car tech, ADAS, and other features. The new Volvo XC40 Recharge is being assembled in India at the Hosakote facility near Bengaluru, Karnataka. This premium electric SUV will compete with the Kia EV6, MINI Cooper SE, Audi e-tron and BMW i4, among others.
The electric XC40 is also the first Volvo that will receive software and operating system updates over the air, placing Volvo Cars at the forefront of automotive connected services. The fully electric XC40 will keep evolving and improving over time, rather than it being at its peak when it leaves the factory.