Volvo cars have always been designed to help protect people. Now, Volvo are designing them to help protect the planet too.
In short, Volvo Recharge is a new line of advanced fully-electric and plug-in hybrid cars designed to give you a refined and more sustainable driving experience.
Today, Volvo are the only traditional car maker to offer plug-in hybrid options on all our models. And over the next five years, we will launch five new fully electric cars. It is their ambition that by 2025, half of the cars sold will be electric.
Most of the total carbon emissions from a plug-in hybrid car occur when it is being driven on petrol. To encourage drivers of plug-in hybrids to drive as sustainably as possible, Volvo aim to introduce ways to reward driving in pure electric mode.
To protect the safety of our planet, we must do more than merely electrify our cars. Volvo's vision is to be climate neutral across our full value chain by 2040. So everything we do, has to be recharged.
Driving in Pure electric mode decreases your ecological footprint as well as your running costs. After the first 12 months with your new Volvo PHEV, Volvo will refund your energy consumption based on average costs for electricity during that period.
Recharge will be the overarching name for all chargeable Volvos with a fully electric and plug-in hybrid powertrain.
To further encourage electric driving, every Volvo Recharge plug-in hybrid model will come with free electricity for a year, provided through a refund for the average electricity cost during that period.
The XC40 Recharge is everything customers expect from a Volvo, with the addition of a state-of-the-art, fully electric all-wheel drive powertrain that offers a range of over 400 km (WLTP) on a single charge and output of 408hp. The battery charges to 80 % of its capacity in 40 mins on a fast-charger system.
The Android-powered infotainment system is fully integrated with Volvo On Call, the company’s digital connected services platform. Via Volvo On Call plug-in hybrid drivers can track how much time they spend driving on electric power.
To meet the anticipated growth in demand for its Recharge cars, Volvo Cars will triple production capacity for electrified cars and will as of next year prepare a Designer’s Choice selection of popular Recharge models, offering the potential for radically reduced delivery times. Volvo Cars aims for plug-in hybrid cars to make up 20 per cent of total sales in 2020.
Every Volvo model in the range includes a Recharge option, from the small XC40 SUV via the 60 Series cars to the company’s flagship, the large XC90 SUV. Volvo Cars is the only car maker to offer a plug-in variant on every model in its line-up.