The latest move in Volvo’s promotion of its electrified vehicles is the announcement that it is offering free charging to anyone that buys one of its plug-in hybrids.
Alongside the recent unveiling of the all-electric XC40 Recharge, it was confirmed that plug-in hybrid buyers will receive free charging for 12 months in the form of a rebate at the end of the year based on “average electricity cost during that period.”
Plug-in hybrid vehicles don’t need to charge up all that often, so the incentive likely won’t save buyers a huge amount of money. Nevertheless, Volvo obviously thinks it could be a way to attract shoppers a href=”https://www.carscoops.com/2019/09/2020-volvo-xc40-t5-twin-engine-phev-launches-in-the-uk-from-40905/”>to its PHEV range.
Volvo has previously pledged that half of its vehicles will be hybrids by 2025, while the other half will be fully-electric, and the new XC40 Recharge is, so far, the most important vehicle in its electrification push.
Featured beneath the skin of the EV, which looks largely identical to the ICE-powered model, is the same powertrain as the Polestar 2, with two electric motors that deliver 402 HP. These motors receive their juice from a 78 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that Volvo says is good for a driving range of over 249 miles (400 km) on the WLTP cycle. The car is also capable of charging up to 80 per cent in 40 minutes via a 150 kW fast charger.
Moving forward, Volvo will use the Recharge nameplate for all of its electric and plug-in hybrid models. European sales of the XC40 Recharge are expected to kick off in late 2020, while pricing details have yet to be announced.