Volvo XC40 and C40 electrics get new motors, extra horsepower, longer vary

Volvo XC40 and C40 electrics get new motors, extra horsepower, longer vary
Volvo XC40 and C40 electrics get new motors, extra horsepower, longer vary

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Late final 12 months got here reviews of improved variations of the Volvo XC40 Recharge and C40 Recharge for Europe. Configurators over the Atlantic confirmed there would not simply be new rear-wheel-drive fashions, however extra battery, extra vary, and sooner charging. The Swedes have lastly revealed the official record of updates, the tweaks even higher than the reportage and web sites confirmed.

First, the rumors are true, Volvo is again within the rear-driver sport after 25 years on the sidelines. The automaker took the earlier e-motors off the entrance axle, placing its in-house-developed, extra highly effective, and extra environment friendly e-motor on the rear axle. This primary use of the brand new e-motors bumps output from 228 horsepower to 235 horsepower within the RWD trims when mixed with the 60-kWh commonplace vary battery. That, plus cooling enhancements for the pack, means the XC40 Recharge’s vary jumps from 425 kilometers on the WLTP cycle to 460 km (285 miles), the C40 Recharge’s vary going from 438 km to 476 km (296 miles). Plugged right into a charger able to at the very least 130 kW, refilling from 10% to 80% takes about 34 minutes.

We specified “commonplace vary battery” as a result of one other new deal with is a second RWD trim: Volvo will plug its 82-kWh battery into the powertrain for these keen to pay. However wait, there’s extra: The large pack powers a good juicier e-motor making 248 hp. The added gumption boosts vary within the XC40 Recharge to 515 km (320 miles), within the C40 Recharge to 533 km (331 miles). And once more, improved cooling permits uprated charging pace of 200 kW, reducing the run from 10% to 80% SOC to roughly 28 minutes.

Twin-motor variants make the change to uneven output as revealed earlier than, giving up two 201-hp e-motors for a brand new 156-hp motor on the entrance axle and that in-house 248 hp motor on the rear. At the side of higher cooling, the XC40 Recharge Twin Motor climbs to 500 km (311 miles) of vary on a cost, a 62-km hike, the C40 Recharge Twin Motor to 507 km (315 miles), a 56-km enhancement.

Marginal positive aspects additionally come from a set of extra aerodynamic 19-inch wheels.

The up to date twin-motor siblings are anticipated to enter manufacturing in Could, the single-motor variations within the fall. We solely get the Twin Motor fashions right here. If our variants mirrored the identical vary extensions as in Europe, the 14% rise for the XC40 Recharge would give our automobile a 255-mile vary, the C40 a 12% increase to 254 miles of vary.

After we requested Volvo USA final month concerning the December 2022 report, an automaker spokesperson responded, “We could have extra particulars to share on the U.S. supply at a later date.”

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