Volvo: 44 percent Recharge share in Europe

Volvo: 44 percent Recharge share in Europe

26.6 percent of all Volvo cars sold worldwide in February were Recharge models, i.e. BEV or PHEV. In Europe, the Recharge share was as high as 44 percent. Recharge is also the name of the all-season tires with which Volvo will equip its pure e-cars in Northern and Central Europe as standard in the future.

In February, the Swedes sold 50,795 cars worldwide (+27.8 percent), and 110,383 cars so far this year, an increase of 29.1 percent, with Volvo making gains in all major sales regions - the U.S., Europe and China.

The best-selling model in February was the XC40 SUV with 15,818 units. Volvo does not specify the powertrain distribution for the XC40, but the range is available with two PHEV versions and the all-electric 300 kW powertrain, the latter with a range of 417 kilometers on its 78 kWh battery.

Unlike the PHEV models, the all-electric XC40 will come with specially developed "Recharge" tires in Northern and Central Europe from the 2022 model year (i.e., starting in May). These are said to be optimized all-season tires with an energy efficiency class of A - the Swedes are not revealing which tire manufacturer Volvo is cooperating with here. In the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric (formerly called the P8), energy consumption is said to drop by up to eight percent compared to conventional winter tires, according to Volvo.