By Otsile Kadiege
Volvo’s popular XC40 P8 Recharge has officially landed in South Africa. The XC40 P8 Recharge is an all-electric SUV which sits at the top of the Swedish automaker’s XC40 range. According to Volvo Car SA, all initial slots were sold four days after Volvo opened the order book in May last year, however Volvo Car SA has secured an additional allocation of units, with orders now being taken and deliveries expected in June 2022.
The Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge is fitted with twin electric motors and a 78kWh battery pack, and boasts outputs of 304kW and 660Nm. With power fed to all four wheels, the XC40 P8 Recharge is capable of achieving 0-100 km/h sprint at a claimed 4.9 seconds. Volvo Car SA also claims the XC40 P8 Recharge is able to travel up to 418 km on a single charge, with 80% of its battery capacity replenished in just 40 minutes when using a fast charger.
Volvo’s first EV, which is easily distinguishable from the rest of the XC40 range by its model specific badges, dual-tone wheels and a grille-less front-end, is crammed full of standard safety equipment, including various driver assistance features, and shares its five-star Euro NCAP rating with its combustion-engined siblings.
The new Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge is priced at R1,200,000 and includes a five-year maintenance plan and warranty – with the battery pack covered for eight years or 160,000 km as well as three years of comprehensive insurance, use of a petrol-powered vehicle for a two week holiday every year for three years, a home charging wallbox, and all the requisite charge cables.
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