Wanna Charge Your PHEV For Free? Buy a Volvo

Volvo is currently offering a nice deal you can grab, especially if you’re looking to buy a new plug-in hybrid car. As part of the company’s move to promote its electrified vehicles, it allows customers to get one year of free charging when they buy one of the brand’s plug-in hybrid cars.

Together with the launch of the pure electric 2020 XC40 Recharge comes the announcement that shoppers will get 12 months of free charging in the form of a refund at the end of the year based on the average electricity cost during the said period.

If you’re an owner of a plug-in hybrid car, you probably know that your vehicle doesn’t always need a full recharge. So it’s unlikely that the incentive will make much of a difference in vehicle operating costs. It would make a big difference if the incentive also applies for Volvo’s all-electric XC40 Recharge, although that would mean a deviation from the original promotion goal, which is to attract PHEV buyers.

At the moment, it’s more important for Volvo to push the sales of its plug-in hybrid vehicles. The Swedish carmaker has previously announced that half of its cars will go hybrid by 2025. And while the company also said about the other half going electric, it currently has more hybrids than pure EVs in its lineup. The XC40 Recharge itself is the brand’s first car to fully embrace electrification, and its sales haven’t been started yet.

From the outside, the 2020 XC40 Recharge looks the same as an ICE car. Those who don’t follow the news and are unfamiliar with Volvo models might not know that the Recharge is an EV. Under the skin, this newcomer has a powertrain identical to that of the Polestar 2, consisting of two electric motors delivering a combined 402 horsepower. The motors are electrified by a 78 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that offers a range of 249 miles on the WLTP cycle. Regarding the charging speed, the car can reach 80 percent in 40 minutes using a 150 kW fast charger.

In the future, Volvo plans to name its entire hybrid and electric vehicle lineup ‘Recharge’. The 2020 XC40 is scheduled to hit the European market late next year. We still don’t know how much it will cost as pricing details have yet to be revealed.

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