Today, Volvo Car India has announced that they have postponed the launch of their fully electric XC40 Recharge that was due later this year. Volvo has stated that due to the semiconductors shortage manufactures are facing across the globe, the brand has had to shift the launch of the electric SUV to early next year. Furthermore, Volvo Car India has also deferred the bookings of the XC40 Recharge along with the launch.

The XC40 Recharge is quite similar to its combustion-powered sibling, apart from what hides underneath. A 78kWh battery with two motors capable of 402bhp gives it a 0-100kph time of just 4.9 secs and a top speed of 180kph. The claimed range is 418km, which again is quite impressive as it is more than the expensive Mercedes-Benz EQC. The only design changes are the sealed front-end and ‘Recharge’ badging on the body. The interior will be vastly similar; however, the infotainment system will be based on Google’s Android OS and get Volvo On Call, which is Volvo’s connected tech with voice assistant.

Mr Jyoti Malhotra, Managing Director, Volvo Car India, said, “The global shortage of semiconductors has resulted in Volvo having to reschedule the production of XC40 Recharge. Subsequently, Volvo Car India has also decided to defer the bookings and launch of the XC40 Recharge to early next year. The company believes in giving a committed delivery date to customers once they book. Volvo Car India will continue to deliver the current lineup. Our XC40 and S60 petrol variants are already available in India and we will introduce petrol variants of our premium sedan S90 and mid-size luxury SUV XC60 this year as we are committed to phase out diesel cars by end of this year. This is in line with our ambition to become a full electric car company by 2030.”