Volvo pure electric. Inspired by our planet, designed for your life.
Uncompromised Volvo spirit meets zero tailpipe emissions – and with our commitment to responsible luxury in mind, we strive to make greater use of recycled and bio-based materials and minimise waste.
Google built in
With Google built in, a Volvo electric car seamlessly connects you and your digital life. The car also receives automatic over the air updates.
Start your order online
Ordering your Volvo electric car is simple. Browse the available vehicles on the MyVolvo.co.za website and start your order online.
Discover our full electric compact SUV.
- Up to 418km electric range*
- Smart storage solutions
* The figures are based on WLTP data obtained under specific testing conditions. The real-life driving range and energy consumption achieved under real conditions varies depending on driving behaviour and other external factors.
How far can I drive in my XC40 Recharge? Discover how city, highway or combined driving affect range.
Official WLTP certified data sets the Volvo XC40 Recharge Twin range at 418km for combined driving. Actual range in real world conditions can vary depending on driving style, temperature, use of the vehicle’s climate system and other factors such as elevation, wind, rain and road surface. Below you can find out more about how driving style and temperature can affect range. *See details and disclaimer below.
City driving and low average speeds tend to be the most efficient scenarios for electric cars. However, in colder weather, when you are more likely to use the heater and with other factors taken into consideration, the vehicle range is approximately 210km.
This is a combination of city and highway driving. At an average speed that reflects these circumstances but in lower temperatures and with increased use of the vehicle’s heating system, the vehicle range is approximately 200km.
On the highway at average speeds of around 100km/h, the power required to overcome higher wind resistance puts extra demands on the battery. In colder weather and in less than ideal road conditions, the vehicle range is approximately 220km.
*WLTP testing is controlled and standardized. The range estimates presented in the city, combined and highway scenarios above are experimental results and are solely for illustrative purposes to demonstrate the possible effects of driving style and temperature on range. The ranges presented above are derived from testing centre and real-world driving tests performed by Volvo Cars and these outcomes are not guaranteed. Your real-world range outcomes may vary from those above. The estimates above in bold are based on a fully charged battery and a temperature of 23 degrees C. For the cold climate range data provided the temperature is estimated at -7 degrees C.
Time to recharge? Home or away, we make it easier and more convenient.
Plan your route with Google Maps
Use Google Maps in your Volvo to plan your route, locate charging stations and enjoy a less stressful journey.
Volvo Cars app
Pre-heat and pre-cool the cabin using the Volvo Cars app. This can help you enjoy extended range as well as a more pleasant trip.*
Convenient home charging
Discreet, easy to use and convenient, a Volvo wallbox is our recommended solution for home charging.
* For model year 22, to enable the Volvo Cars app the XC40 Recharge must be equipped at delivery with the Digital services package which comes with a four year subscription providing full access to available applications and data. At the expiration of the four years, new terms and conditions will apply.
What do you want to know about pure electric cars?
What charging times can I expect when recharging an electric car at home?
The charging time depends on the charging equipment you use and the electric installation at your home. The standard home charging cable with a household connector is primarily an auxiliary cable. Charging an empty battery to 100 per cent with this cable takes approximately 40–72 hours depending on market, at a charge rate of about 7–14 km range per hour.
For regular and considerably shorter charging times at home, we recommend a 3-phase 11 kW wallbox. This installation can give you approximately 7-8 hours charging time (from empty to 100 per cent), or around 50–60 km range per hour.
Please note: Charging times can vary and are dependent on factors such as outdoor temperature, current battery temperature, charging equipment, battery condition and car condition.
What warranty does Volvo Cars have on the battery?
The Volvo Cars Warranty for the battery is 8 years or 160,000km, whichever occurs first, provided that the car and battery are maintained and used in accordance with Volvo Cars’ recommendations.
Can the battery be replaced?
If the battery or a battery module needs to be replaced, this can be done just like any other technical part of the car.
What equipment do I need to charge my pure electric car easily and safely at home?
The standard-fitted home charging cable is primarily designed as an auxiliary cable for household applications. For considerably faster and more convenient charging at home, we recommend installing a 3-phase 11 kW wallbox.
Please note: the availability of charging equipment may vary depending on market.
Which is the fastest way to charge my pure electric car on long journeys?
You will find the fastest charging at a DC fast-charging station along the route. To charge as fast as possible, we recommend you to limit the car's charging level to 80 per cent. This helps keep your charging times short because the last 20 per cent of charging takes the longest time.
How does the car help me to find the nearest charging station?
In countries where Google Maps includes charging stations, you can find public charging stations direct from the map in the car’s centre display or via a smartphone app. From here you can also select preferred charging stations and get guidance.
How does the battery impact safety in a collision?
The battery means there is 500 kg of extra weight that needs to be addressed in an impact – for the car’s occupants as well as for other vehicles. The battery also needs separate protection to avoid harmful leakage after a collision. By utilising a range of innovative safety solutions, Volvo Cars’ safety engineers have designed our pure electric cars to meet all these challenges.
How much maintenance and service is needed for a pure electric Volvo car?
The electric motors are sealed for life and maintenance-free. So compared to a combustion engine-propelled car, the pure electric Volvo cars needs much less maintenance which may result in lower running costs.
Is the lifecycle carbon footprint of a full electric Volvo car less than an equivalent internal combustion engine vehicle?
Over the average lifetime of a vehicle, the carbon footprint of a fully electric vehicle (BEV) is less than a traditional internal combustion engine vehicle (ICE). However, the distance needed to be driven for a BEV to become less carbon intensive than an ICE vehicle is largely dependent on how the electricity that power the vehicle is generated. If you charge your BEV with renewable electricity, you will need to drive less for that point to be reached, compared with if you use electricity generated from fossil fuels. Where possible, we encourage you to power your electric vehicle with electricity from renewable sources.
We are committed to full transparency when it comes to the full carbon impact of our electric vehicles. A lifecycle analysis (LCA) of the XC40 Recharge is already available and the lifecycle analysis of the C40 Recharge will be available later in 2021.
How can I know that the car’s battery has been produced in an environmentally and socially responsible way?
Volvo Cars is committed to full traceability, helping to ensure that our customers can drive electrified Volvos knowing the raw material for the batteries has been sourced responsibly. The introduction of blockchain technology significantly boosts traceability within our cobalt supply chain. Blockchain, in conjunction with inspection on mine sites, GPS tracking, entry and exit scanning, verified logistics providers, facial recognition, ID checks, and time tracking, all contribute to a material’s traceability from a mine to the car factory.
Volvo Cars works closely with our suppliers to increase the sustainability of our products and services, including through securing responsible supply chains and making efficient use of resources. We are committed to the responsible sourcing of minerals and metals, and fully support the OECD Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-affected and High-risk Areas. In this respect, we require our battery suppliers to support our commitment to have full transparency of our cobalt supply chain and to work towards full traceability.
Sustainability performance is a key consideration when assessing and selecting our suppliers. We monitor the performance of existing suppliers and follow up with third party audits. We also put requirements on our battery suppliers to minimise carbon emissions during the production processes, including through the use of renewable energy. All our suppliers have to agree to the Volvo Cars' Code of Conduct for Business Partners, which includes the observation of human rights, including labour rights.