One year's free electricity offer
Volvo entices British car buyers with
• British buyers of any new Volvo plug-in hybrid model to benefit from a year's free electricity to charge their car
• Volvo aims to maximise zero-tailpipe-emission electric driving by reimbursing motorists for their energy costs and encouraging them to keep their car's hybrid battery charged
• Offer available across the full range of seven Volvo plug-in hybrid cars purchased from now until 30 June 2020
• One year's electricity consumption for each car will be calculated from May 2020 via the Volvo On Call app
• Reimbursement will be made at the end of the 12-month period, with the amount based on the average price of electricity in the UK*
• Offer is available to both retail and business/company car customers
• Focus on improving driver behaviour and charging habits, so company car drivers will receive the refund rather than their employer
• Volvo leads the UK market in offering a plug-in hybrid version of every model in its range
• Volvo is committed to driving down carbon emissions with the recently declared ambition to become a global carbon-neutral business by 2040
• From next year, Volvo will introduce new Recharge branding for its growing line-up of plug-in hybrid and pure electric vehicles
Volvo is offering British car buyers one year's free electricity to charge their new plug-in hybrid car**, with the launch of its innovative Take Charge campaign. The offer is available across Volvo's market-leading range of plug-in hybrid models.
Free power to the people
Volvo's aim is to maximise the fuel- and emissions-saving potential of its hybrid technology by encouraging people to plug in their car and keep the hybrid system's high-voltage battery charged. This will ensure their car can make full use of electric power, reducing tailpipe emissions and fuel consumption on any journey.
The offer is automatically available to any customer purchasing a new Volvo plug-in hybrid, from now until 30 June 2020. The electricity costs for charging their car will be calculated from May 2020 and repaid to them at the end of the 12-month period, based on a third-party-provided average cost of electricity in the UK.
Just how much energy each customer uses will be monitored via the Volvo On Call app. This logs how much power the car consumes, and also allows the owner to monitor the charge status of their car's battery via their mobile device.
The offer is open to both private and business customers. Because Volvo's intention is to encourage drivers to get into the habit of keeping their car's hybrid battery charged, it's the company car driver who will receive the refund at the end of the year rather than their employer.
Market-leading plug-in hybrid range
Volvo leads the UK market in offering a plug-in hybrid version of every model in its range, so whether buyers are seeking a saloon, estate car or SUV, the stylish Swedish brand has every base covered. The new offer applies to the entire line-up, including the recently launched XC40 T5 plug-in hybrid premium compact SUV. With a 180hp petrol engine and an 82hp electric motor, it is the most efficient version of the multi-award-winning XC40, offering official fuel economy of up to 141.1mpg (WLTP Combined cycle) and CO2 emissions from just 38g/km.
Kristian Elvefors, Volvo Car UK Managing Director, said: "At Volvo, in keeping with our Swedish roots, we've always taken a keen interest in looking after the environment. Our recently stated ambition to become a carbon-neutral company by 2040 shows we are serious about addressing climate change.
"It's crucial that we help our plug-in hybrid customers understand how they can make the most of their car's electric potential. So, by meeting their electricity charging costs for a year, we can encourage them to develop the good habit of regularly recharging their car's battery, as well as saving them money at the same time."
Volvo's carbon-neutral ambition
The free electricity initiative is just one element in Volvo's far-reaching plans to achieve a substantial reduction in the lifecycle carbon footprint of all its new cars. The company recently announced its intention to achieve a cut of 40% between 2018 and 2025, a key step towards its goal of becoming a climate-neutral business by 2040. By adopting cleaner, electrified powertrains, it will bring down overall tailpipe emissions by 50% by 2025, while also working to significantly reduce the environmental impact of its manufacturing, supply chain, logistics and other operations, targeting a 25% reduction by 2025.
From next year, the first question asked of visitors to Volvo's customer website will be whether they want their car with a plug, or not. At the same time, a new Recharge branding will be introduced for the company's growing range of plug-in hybrid and fully electric cars.
For full terms and conditions for the free electricity offer, please visit www.volvocars.co.uk/takecharge
Winter Health Check
We do everything we can to make your car Volvo as safe as possible. And to make sure it stays that way we're offering to carry out a health check of your Volvo.
This 40-minute inspection will make sure your Volvo continues to deliver the highest standards of safety for you and your passengers.
Our Volvo trained technicians inspect all the mechanical elements of your car. Your Vehicle will also be returned washed and vacuumed free of charge. For that extra peace of mind, book your health check today.
Be prepared this season. Get your Volvo ready with a fully comprehensive Health Check for just £30.
The 25-point check will cover the following areas:
Lights / Electrics
Mandatory lights (external)
External / Internal
Brake noise / feel
Fluid levels – oil / coolant / screenwash / power steering
Brakes / Hubs
Brake fluid condition / temperature
Exhaust system / catalyst
Wheels / Tyres
Also included in the Health Check is a top up of any fluids required* (coolant, brake fluid, screenwash, power steering and engine oil), and a Wash & Vac.
To get peace of mind for you and your Volvo book a check with our Service Department.
* Please note: all fluid top ups will be to a maximum of 0.5 litres. *
Winter Health Check only applicable if vehicle has not been in to the workshop in the last 3 months
New XC40 T5 Twin Engine Launched
Volvo becomes first car manufacturer to offer plug-in hybrid versions of its entire range
• Full UK XC40 T5 Twin Engine prices and specifications announced*
• Volvo becomes first car manufacturer to offer plug-in hybrid versions across its entire model range
• Front-wheel-drive hybrid system uses 180hp three-cylinder 1.5-litre petrol engine with 82hp electric motor to achieve combined output of 262hp – highest figure in the XC40 line-up
• Preliminary WLTP data indicates CO2 emissions from just 38g/km and combined fuel economy of up to 141.1mpg, yet smooth performance with 0-62mph in only 7.3 seconds
• Lithium-ion battery with 10.7kWh capacity provides all-electric driving range of up to 28.6 miles
• New seven-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission as standard
• First deployment of a hybrid powertrain in Volvo's CMA compact vehicle platform
• Sits in 16% benefit-in-kind company car tax band and is Vehicle Excise Duty exempt
• New powertrain offered in R-Design, R-Design Pro, Inscription and Inscription Pro trim levels
• T5 Twin Engine available to order now, priced from £40,905 on-the-road (R-Design version)
• First deliveries to UK customers from February 2020
Volvo reaches an important milestone in its industry-leading powertrain electrification programme with the debut of the new T5 Twin Engine hybrid system in the multi-award-winning XC40 SUV. The introduction makes Volvo the only manufacturer to offer plug-in hybrid versions across its entire product range, while the XC40 T5 Twin Engine is also the only plug-in hybrid car in the premium compact SUV segment.
Power and efficiency
The T5 Twin Engine marries Volvo's efficient new 1.5-litre three-cylinder 180hp petrol engine with an 82hp electric motor in a hybrid system that delivers 262hp, making it the most powerful powertrain in the XC40 range. This power is balanced with strong environmental credentials: preliminary WLTP figures for CO2 emissions are from just 38g/km (where 19-inch wheels are specified), while combined cycle fuel consumption is expected to be up to 141.1mpg.
The compact, energy-dense lithium-ion battery has a capacity of 10.7kWh, enabling exhaust emissions-free electric-only driving of up to 28.6 miles (provisional data), according to driving conditions and battery charge levels.
The new T5 Twin Engine joins two diesel and three petrol powertrains in the XC40 range, with an all-electric model joining the line-up next year to provide a truly comprehensive choice.
A first for the CMA platform
The T5 Twin Engine is not only the first hybrid powertrain in the XC40, it is also the first to be engineered for use in Volvo's CMA (Compact Modular Architecture) platform. It is front-wheel drive, in contrast to the established T8 Twin Engine (390hp) powertrain deployed in larger models built on the SPA (Scalable Product Architecture) platform, which has all-wheel-drive capability.
The powertrain's efficiency and performance are supported by a new seven-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission, featured for the first time in a new-generation Volvo model.
A tax-efficient choice
The emissions efficiency of the T5 Twin Engine delivers significant cost-of-ownership benefits, including a benefit-in-kind tax rate for business/company car drivers of just 16%. For a 40% taxpayer, this means a monthly tax bill starting from £218 in the current financial year, a base figure that will fall to just £163 in the 2020/2021 tax year – adding up to a saving of £660 per year.
The T5 Twin Engine is also exempt from annual Vehicle Excise Duty (road tax).
Ease of charging
XC40 T5 Twin Engine models come with a recharging outlet on the nearside front wing. A 4.5m cable with a three-pin plug is provided as standard, while a type 2/mode 3 fast-charge cable is available as an optional extra for £50.
Charging via the fast-charge cable will completely recharge the car's high-voltage battery in as little as 2.5 hours. Fully charging via the three-pin plug cable takes between 3.5 and 6 hours.
Every inch the modern Volvo
The XC40 epitomises the qualities that have made Volvo the UK's fastest-growing premium car brand. Displaying cool, clean, contemporary lines, it blends Scandinavian style with all the desirability and dynamism customers seek from a compact SUV. An impressive haul of industry awards has been matched by public enthusiasm for the car, which has quickly become the best seller in Volvo's UK range. Generous equipment levels across the board major on seamless on-board connectivity, advanced comfort and convenience features, and cutting-edge safety aids.
Order books open now
The new powertrain is available in higher-specification versions of the XC40 – R-Design, R-Design Pro, Inscription and Inscription Pro trim levels. On-the-road prices are from £40,905 for the R-Design. Volvo retailers are taking customer orders now, with the first cars scheduled for UK delivery in February 2020.
Kristian Elvefors, Volvo Car UK's Managing Director, said: "The introduction of the T5 Twin Engine brings our electrification programme to the heart of our model line-up, demonstrating our commitment to giving all our customers the best possible choice when it comes to powertrains that are both better for the environment and also practical for their lifestyles and driving requirements. The XC40 T5 Twin Engine is the first plug-in hybrid car in the premium compact SUV segment, and its technology brings real day-to-day cost benefits in terms of tax and fuel consumption."
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