9:00 PM | August 24 2020
Electrified Volvos on the charge
Recharge Plug-In Hybrid model variants have significantly increased their share of total Volvo sales.
Sales of Volvo’s plug-in hybrid vehicles – part of the company’s Recharge line-up – increased by nearly 80 per cent in the first half of 2020.
Europe accounted for the biggest market growth for Recharge models, with plug-in hybrids comprising nearly a quarter of total Volvo sales on the Continent. The most popular petrol-electric models in the European market were the XC40 SUV and V60 wagon.
In the US, the Recharge version of the XC90 luxury seven-seater SUV was the main driver for more than 15 per cent growth of plug-in hybrid sales.
The S90 large luxury sedan helped lift sales of Recharge models by about three per cent in China.
Emphasising the availability of plug-in hybrid variants across almost the entire Volvo portfolio, the S60 sports sedan – along with its V60 wagon twin – was a major contributor to Recharge sales increasing by nearly 45 per cent across global markets.
Recharge versions of larger Volvos such as the XC90, XC60 and S60 feature an all-wheel-drive drivetrain comprising a 2.0-litre four-cylinder supercharged/turbocharged petrol engine and two electric motors.
The XC40 Recharge Plug-In Hybrid unites a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine and an electric motor, with power going to the front wheels.
This petrol-electric variant of Volvo’s popular compact luxury SUV has just gone on sale in Australia, joining Recharge versions of the XC90, XC60, S60 and V60.
Recharge is the umbrella name for Volvo’s range of fully electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. These models offer significant fuel efficiency benefits compared with petrol versions, with official consumption rated between 2.0 and 2.2 litres per 100km*.
Production of Volvo’s first fully electric vehicle, the Recharge Pure Electric, begins later in 2020 and will come to Australia in 2021.
In 2018, Volvo Cars announced an industry-leading strategy that determined all its vehicles from 2019 onwards would be electrified – whether in mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid or fully electric form.
*Results achieved in test conditions. Actual results may vary depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle condition and options/accessories fitted. Fuel consumption data provided for comparison purposes only. Source: ADR81/02 combined.