Volvo set to launch its 1st EV car from India
Kolkata: CALL it a green movement of the sort or something else! Volvo Car in India, Indian arm of the Swedish luxury car company, has lined up an ambitious plan of rolling out its maiden electric vehicle in India sometime next year and then will add on at least one new car every year. These will be all fully electric cars. Eventually all the cars from the company's stable will be available on the EV or electric platform, said Rajeev Chauhan, Director Network and Product, Volvo Car in India. "Hopefully XC 40 Recharge, the first electric vehicle from Volvo India will be launched next year and will mark a new beginning in our journey. Our movement towards electric mobility is in an advanced stage, said Chauhan.
Simultaneously with this green movement, Volvo Car in India has also drawn up plans to do away with its diesel variants of vehicle, "Quite like some other auto majors, we have also set out on a journey from diesel to petrol. Over the next 4/5/6 years, all our vehicles will be either petro or fully electric variants. Our sedans like S60, S90 and SUVs will only have their petrol versions," said Chauhan.
Volvo Car in India is also gearing up to another palpable trend in the Indian auto market or shift in car owners' preferences of SUVs over sedan. This shift in consumers' preferences can be attributed to car owners' orientation towards safety, security and gradual drop of interest rates and availability of various lucrative financing options, he said.
Chauhan was here in connection with the roll out of two new petrol mild-hybrid models- the luxury sedan S90 and the company's best-selling mid-size luxury SUV XC60.
The auto major has also come up with 'lifetime parts warranty' scheme on the purchase date of the vehicle and remains active till there is no change in vehicle's ownership. This is for the first time in India, any auto company has come up with such a scheme.
The scheme includes all parts bought after the period of the standard warranty and installed at a Volvo authorised workshop, is applicable to all parts bought from October 2021 onwards and covers both part and labour costs. Any part needing repair or replacement will be done so for free of charge. It is not applicable to normal wear and tear of select items and doesn't cover parts replaced under the new car, extended, or goodwill warranty.