Volvo Car India has released the first locally manufactured electric SUV. Volvo has unveiled the Volvo XC40 Recharge, which is manufactured at the Hoskote plant near Bengaluru. Mr. Pascal Kusters, Volvo Car Plant Head, flagged off the SUV. Volvo XC40 Recharge was unveiled in India on July 26, 2022, for the uninitiated.
In 2017, the company began assembling cars in India. The Bengaluru plant currently produces the company’s flagship SUV XC90, mid-size SUV XC60, compact luxury SUV XC40, and luxury sedan S90. It intends to expand the domestically produced lineup.
Jyoti Malhotra, Managing Director, Volvo Car India, commented on the occasion, “We had announced in May this year that we would begin local assembly of our all-electric offering, the XC40 Recharge, and today we witnessed the first car rolling off the assembly line at our Hoskote plant near Bengaluru, Karnataka.” As historic as this is, today’s event reinforces our commitment to offering a new electric model to the Indian market each year. The rollout is also a step closer to our goal of becoming an all-electric company by 2030.”
Two electric motors will power the Volvo XC40 Recharge. It will be equipped with a 78kWh battery pack capable of producing up to 402bhp and 660Nm of peak torque. The electric vehicle is said to accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour in 4.9 seconds. The top speed of the SUV is electronically limited to 180kmph. The Volvo XC40 Recharge has a driving range of 418 kilometres. It has a starting price of 55.90 lakh (ex-showroom).
“It is a new milestone reached at the Indian plant,” said Pascal Kusters, Volvo’s Car Plant Head. With this launch, we begin our journey to become India’s first all-electric luxury car manufacturer. For all of us, this is a novel and enriching experience. We have demonstrated with this rollout that Volvo Car is always committed to providing the best in technology and sustainable mobility solutions.”
Volvo car details
BATTERY PACK – 78kWh
TORQUE – 660Nm
SPEED 0 – 100 IN – 4.9 seconds
TOP SPEED – 180KMPH
RANGE ON FULL CHARGE – 418 KM
PRICE – 55 LAC