Volvo Cars is on an electrified push. It wants 50 per cent of its global sales to be plug-in hybrid or electric vehicles by 2025, and plans to be all-electric by 2030.
Volvo Car Australia wants to achieve the latter target even sooner, too. Its order bank as of April 30 is made up of 60 per cent Recharge plug-in hybrid and electric models, according to a spokesperson for Volvo Car Australia.
10 per cent of Volvo sales have been Recharge models to date in 2022, and 21 per cent of sales in April were accounted for by Recharge Plug-in Hybrid and Pure Electric variants.
Volvo Car has registered 3477 vehicles in 2022 so far, marking an increase of 1.9 per cent on the same period in 2021.
Volvo Cars Global recently released its sales figures for April 2022, which saw electrified sales from its Recharge range jump to 38.4 per cent (18,097 of 47,150 sales), an increase of 18.7 per cent compared to the same month in 2021.
It seems plausible Volvo will reach its 50 per cent Recharge sales mix before its self-imposed 2025 deadline, based on the current trends.
Through the rest of 2022, the Chinese-owned Swedish marque is planning to launch several new or updated Recharge models in Australia.
The upgraded XC60 Recharge and XC90 Recharge, both plug-in hybrids (PHEVs), are due to arrive “imminently” with more power and bigger battery packs (18.8kWh v 11.6kWh) which more than double the claimed EV range to up to 90 kilometres. Read more here.
Around June-July the mildly-facelifted 2023 model-year XC40 Recharge will lob, including a new Single Motor price leader joining the existing Twin Motor performance hero. Read the full pricing and specs breakdown here.
Finally, around the third quarter of 2022, the new C40 Recharge will land in Australia in the same Single Motor and Twin Motor variations as the related XC40.
Think of the C40 Recharge as an XC40 Coupe, though it’s only available as an EV. Get all the details on the C40 Recharge line-up here.