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Volvo to launch FIRST electric car by end of 2021 in SA

This follows the international launch of Volvo C40 Recharge and XC40 respectively.

Following the introduction both electric models, Volvo Cars will roll out several additional electric models in coming years, including South Africa later this year.

This was confirmed by Greg Maruszweski, managing director Volvo SA.

He indicated the launch of the Volvo C40 Recharge marks yet another significant step when it comes to Volvo Cars’ commitment to minimising its environmental impact and making the cities of the future cleaner.

“Volvo Cars is focused on reducing the carbon emissions of both its products as well as its operations. We have placed electrification at the core of our future business.

This strategy is not only about saving the planet. It is also about the customer. South Africans are increasingly demanding electrified cars and we want to respond to our customers’ current and future needs,” he explains.

Those needs include a vehicle that is not only environmentally friendly but also elegant and stylish.

“All modern Volvo cars boast styling that takes traditional Scandinavian design cues – such as clean, simple lines and controlled surfaces – and combines them with classic proportions and striking details to create a distinctive range of premium cars.

Add interiors that feature the finest natural materials, skilled craftsmanship and lots of natural light, and any Volvo is a luxurious, elegant, relaxing place in which to travel. Precisely the same will apply to our range of electric cars,” says Maruszewski.

The next step in Volvo’s local electrification journey will be the launch of the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric in South Africa.

Exact timing in this regard will be communicated shortly.

“While launch plans for the Volvo C40 Recharge in the South African market have yet to be finalised, I am pleased to announce we will be bringing the XC40 Recharge, our first all-electric car, to this country this year. It is a very important step in our plans,” Maruszewski concludes.

Internationally, Volvo has made commitment that by 2025, it aims for 50 per cent of its global sales volume to consist of fully electric cars, with the rest hybrids.

By 2030, it plans for every car it sells to be pure electric.

Image (Coming to SA soon. The new Volvo C40 Recharge- electric car that launched internationally).

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