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All Electric Volvo XC40 P6 confirmed for Mzansi

Volvo Car South Africa has confirmed that the new all-electric XC40 P6 Recharge will soon join its increasingly electrified range of vehicles.

While the XC40 P8 Recharge AWD already available in South Africa uses two electric motors (one per axle), the P6 has a single unit - permanently sealed and maintenance-free - mounted in front. With a peak power of 170 kW and 330 Nm, the new front-wheel-drive variant delivers incredible performance, completing the mandatory 0100 km/h sprint in just 7.4 seconds.  Using a high voltage 69 kWh low-voltage lithium-ion battery, the P6 Recharge is capable of travelling up to 423 km* on a single charge. Equipped as standard with a powerful 11kW integrated charger, the vehicle offers competitive charging whether plugged in at home or in public outlets.

The XC40 P6 Recharge uses a single-shift single-speed gearbox with a short gear ratio, helping to achieve outstanding acceleration, improve climbing ability and increase traction (equivalent to a 1,500 kg twin engine).

According to Greg Maruszewski, Managing Director at Volvo Car South Africa, the single-motor electric version of the Swedish firm’s popular compact SUV delivers a pleasing mix of performance and efficiency and provides a compelling option for customers looking to switch to a pure electric Volvo.

“Just like the twin-motor version, the XC40 P6 Recharge serves up tremendous on-road refinement, yet still boasts more than enough power to be exceedingly fun to drive. In addition, its high level of energy efficiency results in a usable range in excess of 400 km, all with the benefits of zero tailpipe emissions,” said Maruszewski.

The imminent market launch of the latest pure-electric Volvo moves the Gothenburg-based luxury automaker another step closer to its global ambition of transforming into a fully electric car company by 2030. Local pricing and specification details for the new XC40 P6 Recharge will be revealed in due course.

*Range is according to WLTP driving cycles and real-world range may vary. Figures are based on the preliminary targets. Final vehicle certification pending.

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