Business Traveller (India)



e Volvo XC40 Recharge, as the name suggests, is a full-electric version of the Swedish automaker’s gorgeous XC40 compact crossover. Launched internatio­nally in 2019 as Volvo’s

rst-ever mass-produced EV, the XC40 Recharge nally arrived on Indian shores a few months back. Interestin­gly, the Volvo EV is the

rst luxury electric vehicle to be assembled in India. Volvo has been able to launch the model at a very attractive price point in the country, since it is locally assembled and undercuts its nearest rivals by a signi cant margin.

In terms of design, the XC40 Recharge looks near identical to its combustion engine counterpar­t both inside and outside, except for a few things such as bigger wheels and a blanked-out front grille. e EV features a 78kWh battery capable of 150kW DC fast charging and o ers a claimed range of 418km on the WLTP cycle. It is powered by two electric motors, one on each axle, capable of producing 408hp and 660Nm of torque, which makes it twice as powerful as the petrolpowe­red XC40 available in India. e Volvo XC40 Recharge is already sold out for 2022 in India.

Powertrain – twin electric motors with a combined output of 408hp and 660Nm of torque

Range – 418km

0 to 100km/h – 4.9 seconds

Top speed – limited to 180km/h

Price - ₹ 55.90 lakh (ex-showroom)

In terms of electric vehicles, India is still behind compared to other nations. However, the EV industry and the market for electric vehicles in the country are starting to grow exponentia­lly. Sensing the opportunit­y, many luxury carmakers are making a beeline to launch their latest EV models in India. In less than two years since the launch of the

rst luxury EV in the country, the number of options has increased in a short period and a stellar growth is expected to continue with people slowly opening up to environmen­tfriendly motoring.

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