Volvo tactic to sell EVs in South Africa

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    Wigwam
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    Volvo SA Managing Director Maruszewski did say that all customers who buy an all-electric XC40 P8 Recharge will have access to a petrol-powered XC40 for two weeks each year for the first three years of ownership. “We are satisfied with the range that the electric XC40 provides and we know our customers will have more than enough energy for their daily commutes but we do understand that customers might sometimes want to take a longer road trip. We offer the use of a petrol-powered vehicle for these instances and you can safely store your XC40 Recharge at our dealerships while using the loan vehicle on your holiday,” he said.

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    Hi Wigwam,

    Having hired cars many times over the years, both in the Highveld and the Cape, I suspect EVs will be a hard sell in SA and Africa as a whole. For commuting to the office/school run in urban areas or as a second car, perhaps, but once away from the cities, range anxiety as we know it would be greatly increased by thoughts of threats to personal safety. Magnificent country, but a constant sense of unease, sadly.

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