Longer range for upgraded Volvo XC40 and C40 Recharge

Volvo’s XC40 Recharge and C40 Recharge fully electric SUVs have been upgraded with new powertrains and larger batteries that will deliver longer range and faster charging. The changes will be available on rear-wheel drive variants and a revised all-wheel drive model.

It marks the first time in 25 years that Volvo has offered a rear-wheel drive (RWD) car. In another first, the second-generation permanent magnet electric motor driving the rear axles for the fully electric C40 and XC40 models has been developed in-house.

The RWD model features a single motor offering 175kW of power. It provides an increase over the 170kW single-motor front-wheel drive variant. In the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric (single motor), the same 69kWh battery capacity is carried over.

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Enhancements in cooling efficiency mean it can now deliver increased range, with 460km now on offer. The range of the C40 Recharge Pure Electric (single motor) improves from 438km to 476km, with a charge to 80 per cent now 34 minutes on a 120kW DC charger.

The all-wheel drive (AWD) variant also benefits from these updates, realising even more impressive improvements. The previous set-up of two 150kW e-motors on the front and rear axles has been replaced.

In its place is Volvo’s in-house developed 183kW permanent magnet e-motor on the rear axle and a new 117kW asynchronous electric motor on the front axle – with the combined outputs remaining the same at 300kW and 660Nm.

The acceleration times for both powertrains remain impressive – the single motor achieves 0-100km/h in 7.4 seconds, and the dual-motor at 4.9 seconds.

This new configuration, paired with an 82kWh battery pack and overall efficiency improvements in battery cooling, means the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric Twin (AWD) can now drive up to 500km on a single charge.

The range of the C40 Recharge Pure Electric Twin (AWD) improves to 507km. Charging power has improved as the larger battery pack allows for fast charging at an updated top rate of 200kW DC, reducing 80 per cent charge time to 28 minutes.

Volvo has also made exterior updates that help to improve efficiency where possible. New 19-inch alloy wheels on both the XC40 and C40 Recharge help reduce drag through aerodynamic design, while boosting the overall look of the cars.

These upgrades are part of the 2024 model range, which should start arriving here in Q3 of this year. They can be ordered now, at $76,990 plus on-roads for the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric and $78,990 plus on-roads for the C40 Recharge Pure Electric (single motor).

The XC40 Recharge Pure Electric Twin is priced at $85,990 plus on-roads, while the C40 Recharge Pure Electric Twin is $87,990 plus on-roads. If you’re keen on one and need finance, talk to CreditOne.

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