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Buying an XC90 T8 hybrid plug-in? Volvo is giving SA owners free electricity for a year

2019-10-19 13:30

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Volvo has announced a ground-breaking global incentive scheme, branded the Recharge campaign, where buyers of all new hybrid plug-ins will receive a full refund for all electricity used in the first year of ownership.

The incentive campaign is being implemented globally, and also in South Africa - meaning a year of free electricity is also available for local owners.

Charging ahead

Greg Maruszewski, Managing Director of Volvo Car South Africa, says the campaign will be applicable to all plug-in hybrids ordered from 16 October.

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"In South Africa, this offer applies to the Volvo XC90 T8.  Official measurement of electricity used will start in May 2020. After a year of driving this car, the owner/main driver will receive a complete refund equivalent to the cost of electricity used to power the car", he reveals.

Motorists will be able to monitor electricity usage via the Volvo on Call app where refunds are based on data received from this. The offer is only available to motorists who keep the vehicle for at least 12 months, and does not apply to rental cars.

The Recharge campaign was announced on October 16 at a global press conference livestreamed from Los Angeles. This coincided with the news that Volvo intends to reduce its lifecycle carbon footprint per car by 40% between 2018 and 2025, says the automaker.

Simultaneously, Volvo launched the all electric XC40 Recharge - the first all electric car for Volvo. With effect from model year 2021, all Volvo cars with a power cord (meaning both plug-in hybrids and full electric vehicles) will be branded “Recharge”.

Compiled by: Robin Classen


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