OK, for those of you that speak Swedish (or know where to find a good translation app), the title is slightly misleading, but ”She’s Hybrid” doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, does it?
The fact is that Volvo have committed to electric-vehicle manufacturing like few other manufacturers (certainly ’mainstream’ manufacturers). Their aim is that by the year 2025, 50% of their new cars will be full electric, there will be over one million electrified Volvos on the road, and they aim to achieve climate-neutral manufacturing.
With that said, Volvo do like their bold claims; it wasn’t that long ago that they stated how from 2020, their safety record would show that no loss of life would occur from one of their products, either pedestrian or occupant in a Volvo vehicle. Of course that’s a very bold claim, but then Volvo are a very bold manufacturer.
The world is still waiting for the first, pure electric Volvo SUV in the form of the XC40 Recharge P8, but it’s arriving any time now, but in the meantime, Volvo can offer seven different models in the ’Recharge’ range, all plug-in hybrids.
We have the XC40 T5, XC60 T6, and XC90 T8 SUVs, the V60 T6 and V90 T8 estate, or the S60 T8 and S90 T8 saloon. That’s pretty much all options covered.
And while you may think that a plug-in hybrid is a soft compromise between fossil-fuel or electric, the figures may tell a different story, take the S60 T8 for example: 390 hp, between 37 – 51 CO2 g/km, and a huge 122.8 – 176.5 MPG. The other models are similar.
CO2 g/km: 47 - 55
MPG: 119.1 - 139.4
CO2 g/km: 41 – 55
MPG: 113.0 - 156.7
CO2 g/km: 37 - 51
MPG: 122.8- 176.5
CO2 g/km: 54 – 66
MPG: 97.3 - 122.7
CO2 g/km: 57 – 45
MPG: 112.8 (2.5) - 141.1
CO2 g/km: 42 - 57
MPG: 112.8 - 165.9
CO2 g/km: 63 - 76
MPG: 85.5 - 100.8
Volvo have yet to enter the competitive arena for the full electric vehicle, but the XC40 Recharge is expected any day now, and as you can imagine, Volvo haven’t just cobbled something together so as they can join the party.
While they’re still focussed on safety, they’ve broadened their ethos to include sustainability, both for vehicle manufacturing, and the planet. Their hope for 2020, is that around 20% of their sales are made up from plug-in hybrids, and by 2025, 50% of their sales will be pure electric, with the other 50% coming from hybrid sales ... no single fossil-fuel only sales.
Looking at the specification for the XC40 Recharge, you can’t help but be impressed – twin motors delivering the equivalent of 204 hp each (combined power output of 408 hp), a range of more than 250 miles thanks to the 78kWh battery, with an 80% charge in around 40 minutes. And of course, completely emission free at the exhaust pipe.
Of course, we could mention the Harman Kardon premium sound system, or the vast amount of digital tech fitted as standard, but you already know that Volvo offer a premium product, and with their step to the future, you can guarantee that the ’premium’ is only getting more so.
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We’re still waiting on delivery of the new XC40 Recharge electric vehicle, but we’d be happy to run you through all of the specifications, and perhaps give you a taster of what to expect via the established hybrid models.
Whilst we always try to avoid any manufacturer hyperbole, we feel that a Volvo electric vehicle might just be worthy of such, so get in touch with one of our friendly professionals now to reserve your slot. We’re sure that you’ll be happy you did.