Volvo will launch a purely electric model every year for the next 5 years and XC40 Recharge is the first. The first of the “Recharge” family and at the same time, the first widely available electric model of the Swedish company.
Thus, the importance of electric XC40 becomes immediately evident and that is why Volvo treats it with the utmost seriousness. XC40 Recharge represents the future for it – a future, not so distant, in which 50% of its sales will come from electric cars. But let’s leave the future and focus on the present to see what exactly is XC40 Recharge.
It is based on conventional XC40 but with a few small but substantial differences. The Compact Modular Architecture did not change as the basic dimensions or design did not change. The Recharge version, however, has “closed” grille, the corresponding marks and the position of the tapas for the supply of gasoline or oil, is now the charging port.
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In addition, while the length and width are identical to the simple XC40, we cannot say the same for the distance from the ground which, because of the batteries in the car floor, has been reduced from 211 mm to 175.
Inside, there are not very big changes, but we must note that XC40 Recharge is the first model of the company equipped with an entertainment and information system with Android software. This offers the full suite of Google programs (see Assistant, Maps and Play Store) as well as the digital platform of the Swedish company “Volvo On Call”.
As far as the powertrain of XC40 Recharge is concerned, it is strongly reminiscent of the Polestar 2, which consists of two electric motors (one on each axle) and one cluster of 78 kWh battery.
According to the data that Volvo and Polestar have given us, both offer 408 horsepower and 660 Nm of torque and both need 4.9 seconds for the first 100 km/h from a stop (XC40 top speed limited to 180 km/h).
But there is a difference. For “Recharge” Volvo announced 400 km of autonomy in realistic WLTP while charging requires 40 minutes for the battery to reach 80% using a 150 kW fast charger.