Volvo Car South Africa has announced local pricing for the XC40 P8 Recharge, the all-electric variant in its small-crossover range. Said Greg Maruszewski, managing director at Volvo Car South Africa, “the company has worked hard to offer this luxury all-electric vehicle at a competitive price”.

“All-electric vehicles sold in South Africa have traditionally come with hefty price tags … this has undoubtedly been a deterrent. We know that there is an appetite in South Africa for electric cars and we were determined to give customers an attractive price,” Maruszewski added.

Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge
The all-electric XC40 is capable of travelling “up to” 418 km on a single charge.

The Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge will be priced from R1,2 million, VAT inclusive, and will be exclusively sold online via the company’s new website “My Volvo”. This online store, Volvo says, enables South Africans to purchase or rent a new car in “as little as 20 minutes”. The all-electric XC40 is now available to order, with deliveries scheduled to commence in August 2021.

Included in the list price, Volvo offers the XC40 P8 Recharge with the Volvo CARE package, which includes of a five-year maintenance plan and warranty of similar duration, plus three years of insurance and the use of a petrol-powered vehicle for two weeks per year. The package further includes a home charger and charging cables.

Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge
The XC40 P8 Recharge comes standard with the Volvo CARE package.

Powered by two electric motors producing a total of 304 kW and 660 N.m, Volvo says the XC40 P8 recharge will deliver “brisk performance”. The soon-to-arrive emissions-free XC40 has a claimed zero to 100 km/h time of 4,9 seconds. Volvo says the XC40 P8 recharge can travel “up to” 418 km on a single charge.

“The Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge is clearly a sign of things to come,” Maruszewski says. “Last month the company announced that it would only manufacture electric cars by 2030, with all sales to be online. So, our future is clear … it will be fully electric, sustainable, and online.”