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One year's free electricity offer

Volvo entices British car buyers with

 

• British buyers of any new Volvo plug-in hybrid model to benefit from a year's free electricity to charge their car

• Volvo aims to maximise zero-tailpipe-emission electric driving by reimbursing motorists for their energy costs and encouraging them to keep their car's hybrid battery charged

• Offer available across the full range of seven Volvo plug-in hybrid cars purchased from now until 30 June 2020

• One year's electricity consumption for each car will be calculated from May 2020 via the Volvo On Call app

• Reimbursement will be made at the end of the 12-month period, with the amount based on the average price of electricity in the UK*

• Offer is available to both retail and business/company car customers

• Focus on improving driver behaviour and charging habits, so company car drivers will receive the refund rather than their employer

• Volvo leads the UK market in offering a plug-in hybrid version of every model in its range

• Volvo is committed to driving down carbon emissions with the recently declared ambition to become a global carbon-neutral business by 2040

• From next year, Volvo will introduce new Recharge branding for its growing line-up of plug-in hybrid and pure electric vehicles

Volvo is offering British car buyers one year's free electricity to charge their new plug-in hybrid car**, with the launch of its innovative Take Charge campaign. The offer is available across Volvo's market-leading range of plug-in hybrid models.

Free power to the people

Volvo's aim is to maximise the fuel- and emissions-saving potential of its hybrid technology by encouraging people to plug in their car and keep the hybrid system's high-voltage battery charged. This will ensure their car can make full use of electric power, reducing tailpipe emissions and fuel consumption on any journey.

The offer is automatically available to any customer purchasing a new Volvo plug-in hybrid, from now until 30 June 2020. The electricity costs for charging their car will be calculated from May 2020 and repaid to them at the end of the 12-month period, based on a third-party-provided average cost of electricity in the UK.

Just how much energy each customer uses will be monitored via the Volvo On Call app. This logs how much power the car consumes, and also allows the owner to monitor the charge status of their car's battery via their mobile device.

The offer is open to both private and business customers. Because Volvo's intention is to encourage drivers to get into the habit of keeping their car's hybrid battery charged, it's the company car driver who will receive the refund at the end of the year rather than their employer.

Market-leading plug-in hybrid range

Volvo leads the UK market in offering a plug-in hybrid version of every model in its range, so whether buyers are seeking a saloon, estate car or SUV, the stylish Swedish brand has every base covered. The new offer applies to the entire line-up, including the recently launched XC40 T5 plug-in hybrid premium compact SUV. With a 180hp petrol engine and an 82hp electric motor, it is the most efficient version of the multi-award-winning XC40, offering official fuel economy of up to 141.1mpg (WLTP Combined cycle) and CO2 emissions from just 38g/km.

Kristian Elvefors, Volvo Car UK Managing Director, said: "At Volvo, in keeping with our Swedish roots, we've always taken a keen interest in looking after the environment. Our recently stated ambition to become a carbon-neutral company by 2040 shows we are serious about addressing climate change.

"It's crucial that we help our plug-in hybrid customers understand how they can make the most of their car's electric potential. So, by meeting their electricity charging costs for a year, we can encourage them to develop the good habit of regularly recharging their car's battery, as well as saving them money at the same time."

Volvo's carbon-neutral ambition

The free electricity initiative is just one element in Volvo's far-reaching plans to achieve a substantial reduction in the lifecycle carbon footprint of all its new cars. The company recently announced its intention to achieve a cut of 40% between 2018 and 2025, a key step towards its goal of becoming a climate-neutral business by 2040. By adopting cleaner, electrified powertrains, it will bring down overall tailpipe emissions by 50% by 2025, while also working to significantly reduce the environmental impact of its manufacturing, supply chain, logistics and other operations, targeting a 25% reduction by 2025.

From next year, the first question asked of visitors to Volvo's customer website will be whether they want their car with a plug, or not. At the same time, a new Recharge branding will be introduced for the company's growing range of plug-in hybrid and fully electric cars.

For full terms and conditions for the free electricity offer, please visit www.volvocars.co.uk/takecharge

 

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The XC60 at Volvo Cars Poole

We have a variety of new XC60's in stock all available at £399 per month on Personal Contract Hire, just choose your required specification level and initial rental.

£399 monthly rental 
Initial rental dependant on model
36 month contract 
8,000 miles per annum
Excess mileage charges apply and you will never own the vehicle. 

XC60 T5 MOMENTUM 
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rom £399 a month & initial rental £2,999

Standard features include: 18" alloy wheels, front park assist, power operated tailgate, satellite navigation, Volvo On Call with app

XC60 T4 EDITION
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rom £399 a month & initial rental £3,999

Standard features include: 19" alloy wheels, rear park assist camera, power operated tailgate, dark tinted windows, smartphone integration, chrome window surround, satellite navigation, Volvo On Call with app

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rom £399 a month & initial rental £3,999

Standard features include: 18" alloy wheels, front park assist, power operated tailgate, satellite navigation, Volvo On Call with app

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rom £399 a month & initial rental £4,499

Standard features include: 19" alloy wheels, front park assist, lowered sports chassis, twin integrated exhaust pipes, high gloss black surround & mirrors, power operated tailgate, satellite navigation, Volvo On Call with app

For further information on any of these offers please contact our Sales team today - 01202 065 555.

Fuel consumption and CO* figures for the MY20 Volvo XC60 range in MPG (l/100km): WLTP Combined 28 - 122.8 mpg. NEDC CO emissions 47 - 181 g/km.
Figures shown are for comparability purposes; only compare fuel consumption and CO figures with other cars tested to the same technical procedures. These figures may not reflect real life driving results, which will depend upon a number of factors including the accessories fitted (post-registration), variations in weather, driving styles and vehicle load. *There is a new test used for fuel consumption and CO figures. The CO figures shown however, are based on the outgoing test cycle and will be used to calculate vehicle tax on first registration.

Important information: Ocean Automotive (Swedish) Ltd is acting as introducer. Contract hire provided by Santander Consumer (UK) PLC trading as Volvo Car Financial Services, RH1 1SR. 18’s & over, subject to status. Guarantee/Indemnity may be required. You will not own the vehicle and it must be returned in good condition to avoid further charges. Subject to availability for vehicles registered by 01/01/2020 to 31/03/2020. Not available with other promotions. Excess mileage will be charged at 7.56p per mile for the first 5,000 excess miles. After 5,000 excess miles, excess mileage will be charged at 10.08p per mile.

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honoured again at What Car? Awards

Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid

• Volvo XC90 large SUV successful at the What Car? Awards for the second year running

• T8 Twin Engine version named 2020's Best Plug-in Hybrid over £50,000

• Honour maintains the XC90 T8 Twin Engine's excellent performance in the What Car? Awards, following its Plug-in Hybrid of the Year title in 2019

• Flagship of Volvo's SUV range recently revised to offer even greater all-electric driving range of up to 28.6 miles

• XC90 is a spacious and luxurious car with room for up to seven on board, plus generous luggage space

• SUV practicality uncompromised by the advanced petrol-electric plug-in hybrid powertrain

• Technology supports attractive running costs, with CO2 emissions from just 52g/km (NEDC correlated data) and fuel economy of up to 113.0mpg (WLTP Combined figure)

• XC90 T8 Twin Engine part of Volvo's electrification strategy that has introduced plug-in hybrid versions to every model in its UK line-up

• Highly desirable model that stands out in the premium SUV market for its individual, clean Scandinavian design and luxurious equipment specifications

• Features standard on all XC90 T8 Twin Engine versions include a powered tailgate, rear parking camera, LED headlights, four-zone climate control, leather upholstery, heated, power-adjustable front seats and a SIM card providing up to 100GB of data

• Volvo's Sensus connectivity and control package, and City Safety, a comprehensive array of active safety systems, also fitted as standard

 

XC90 T8 Twin Engine, flagship of the Volvo range, has picked up another prestigious honour, being named Best Plug-in Hybrid over £50,000 in the 2020 What Car? Awards. Its success was announced at a ceremony in London on Tuesday, 14 January.

Steve Huntingford, What Car? Editor, expressed the judges' appreciation of the qualities that set the XC90 apart from its plug-in hybrid competition. He said: "Unlike rivals, the Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine comes with seven seats and has no less space for luggage than its conventionally powered siblings.

"Despite weighing well over two tonnes, it can sprint if needed; 0-62mph takes just 5.8 seconds thanks to a combined 385bhp from the petrol engine and electric motor. And so long as you keep the battery topped up with electricity, it has a very useful electric-only range of 29 miles."

Improved plug-in hybrid powertrain
That level of performance is the result of upgrades to the model in 2019, including an increase in the capacity of its lithium-ion battery that extended the potential driving range by more than 30%. The efficiency of the technology is reflected in impressive emissions and fuel economy, with official CO2 figures from 52g/km (NEDC correlated) and fuel consumption of up to 113.0mpg (WLTP Combined). Although the XC90 T8 Twin Engine is a luxury vehicle, this performance secures competitive ownership costs, including a benefit-in-kind tax rating of just 19% for business and company car drivers.

The plug-in hybrid technology is not confined to the higher echelons of the Volvo range; in the past year, the company has accelerated its ambitious electrification programme, so plug-in hybrid versions of every model in its UK range are now available. Working towards its global ambition of being a climate-neutral business by 2040, Volvo will also introduce its first all-electric model – the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric – during 2020.

Luxury and practicality
There is no questioning the XC90's premium quality, from its clean yet distinctive Scandinavian styling to its impressive equipment specification. The T8 Twin Engine powertrain is available in dynamic R-Design and luxurious Inscription grades, plus higher-spec 'Pro' versions of both. Across the board, they are equipped with features such as a four-zone climate control system, all-wheel drive (via a rear-axle electric motor), power-operated tailgate, LED headlights, heated, power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery (leather and Nubuck on the R-Design/R-Design Pro versions) and a rear parking camera.

Also fitted as standard is Volvo's Sensus system, which provides a nine-inch touchscreen to co-ordinate navigation and connectivity functions, voice control, access to the Volvo On Call connected services platform and a SIM card with up to 100GB of data. The Volvo City Safety package of high-tech active safety systems is also fitted to all versions.

Practicality is in no way sacrificed in order to accommodate the plug-in hybrid powertrain. The comfortable and flexible interior provides three rows of seats to accommodate up to seven adults, together with generous load space that can be easily extended when extra cargo capacity is needed.

Kristian Elvefors, Volvo Car UK Managing Director, said: "The XC90 T8 Twin Engine again proves its all-round quality with this latest honour, and we greatly appreciate the recognition What Car? has shown to our flagship model. Although it is a success in its own right, the XC90 plug-in hybrid also represents what we are doing across our entire model range to offer customers the benefits of electrification without compromising performance, premium quality and essential day-to-day practicality."