Volvo has officially confirmed that its first standalone electric car will arrive in 2019. The battery-electric hatchback will be a production version of the 40.2 concept revealed last year and will fall under the 40-badged family of models.
Earlier, at the XC40 launch in September last year, Volvo head Håkan Samuelsson told our sister publication, Autocar UK, that the standalone battery-electric model would arrive before any electric variants of existing models.
Volvo’s R&D boss, Henrik Green, has said they are aiming for a 499km range for the 40.2 concept-based production model.
Last year, Volvo was the first carmaker to announce plans to electrify its model line-up and said that from 2019 it would begin overhauling its range with electric, hybrid and mild-hybrid powertrains.
Volvo’s India line-up includes the V40 hatchback, S60 sedan and its derivatives, the flagship S90 sedan, the recently launched XC60 and the recently updated XC90, as well as the V90 Cross Country. The Swedish manufacturer also has plans to bring its smallest SUV, the XC40, to India in mid-2018.
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