Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric is coming to SA

Volvo to launch first fully electric vehicle in South Africa later this year

Reuben Van Niekerk
Volvo electric

The Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric, the first all-electric car from the Swedish luxury brand, is due to be launched in South Africa in the second half of 2021.


The XC40 Recharge Pure Electric is capable of travelling more than 400km on a single charge and it can be charged to 80% of its battery capacity in as little as 40 minutes using a fast charger.

The XC40 Recharge promises brisk performance, with its twin electric motors producing 304kW and 660Nm of torque to deliver a 0-100km/h time of just 4.9 seconds. While pleasing in the area of performance, the car scores highly in the field of practicality too. For instance, the lack of an internal combustion engine frees up space for an additional 30-litre storage compartment under the front bonnet.


Owners will be able to charge the vehicle at a dealership, at home or at one of the ever-growing network of public charging stations.

The launch of the XC40 Recharge is a significant step towards Volvo Cars ambition to reduce its Co2 footprint per car by 40 percent by 2025.


Volvo dealers will start taking orders for the XC40 Recharge in April with deliveries expected to commence in August.