Pursuitist drove the brand new Volvo C40 Recharge final 12 months in Brussels and Ghent Belgium (see story beneath Autos). We additionally had the latest alternative to drive Volvo’s newest Battery Electrical Autos, the 2024 Volvo C40 and XC40 Recharge fashions, Volvo’s newest manifestation of its dedication to a zero emissions future. By 2025, Volvo’s aim is for 50% of its international gross sales quantity to encompass totally electrical automobiles and 50% hybrids. By 2030, it plans for each automobile it sells to be pure electrical.
Volvos All over the place!
The gorgeous roads round Gothenburg, Sweden served because the backdrop of our drive of the brand new Rear Wheel Drive (RWD) Volvos. As a Volvo proprietor for over 30 years, I respect and totally perceive the attraction of the marque; as do Swedes, who see the model as a badge of nationwide delight. Volvo is the one model with Swedish heritage, because the Saab model went out of enterprise in 2011.
As anticipated, when driving throughout Sweden, you’ll see Volvo’s all over the place! Swedes have the benefit of with the ability to purchase many alternative Volvo fashions, together with a number of station wagon variants, that aren’t accessible within the U.S. market.
Why the Return to Rear-Wheel Drive?
The final RWD Volvo bought within the U.S. was the 1998 Volvo S90/V90. Volvo’s swap to Entrance-Wheel Drive (FWD) and All-Wheel Drive (AWD) heralded a brand new pathway for the model, which touted the improved foul climate enchantment of these two, new platforms.
Throughout the press convention for the 2 new RWD fashions, Volvo execs touted the dealing with prowess of the RWD platform as being higher than the FWD C40 and XC40 for the next causes:
- Steadiness – The big central battery and lighter-weight motors create a well-balanced weight distribution and decrease heart of gravity
- Energy – The excessive torque of electrical motors could make steering beneath acceleration harder when solely the entrance wheels are powered
- Really feel – Rear-wheel propulsion offers a extra dynamic and agile driving expertise, with sharper steering and improved traction
- Management – Advances in digital stability management techniques and improved weight distribution assist security, stability, and a refined drive.
Volvo C40/XC40 Exterior
The C40 Recharge has all the advantages of an SUV however with a decrease and sleeker design. It’s primarily based on the CMA car platform and the primary Volvo mannequin in historical past designed as pure electrical solely.
The general look works, because the lengthy hood and sloping roofline that flows right into a excessive, shorter rear part make the C40 look aggressive, with a plus to the good-looking 20-inch alloy wheels that don’t scream “That is an electrical automobile” for accentuating the general sport-ute like peak of the car. A pair of roof-mounted winglets and rear spoiler add to the aggressive look.
The XC40 Recharge carries the SUV theme of the gas-powered XC40, the newborn brother of the XC90. Styling is clear and purposeful.
The XC40 is a bit taller than the C40 (65.0” vs. 62.6”), however shares the identical 174.8” total size. The rounded roofline of the C40 affords a smidgen extra entrance headroom than the XC40 (40.9” vs. 40.6”), however considerably much less rear-seat headroom because of the sloping roofline (36.7” vs. the XC40’s 39.1”).
Volvo C40/XC40 Inside
Inside, each the C40 and XC40 Recharge fashions present prospects with the excessive seating place that almost all Volvo drivers choose. It is usually the primary Volvo mannequin to be utterly leather-free. All interiors are black, though you may get color-coordinated door playing cards.
Overhead, a full glass panoramic roof provides the inside an open, ethereal really feel.
The infotainment system was collectively developed with Google and relies on the Android working system. It offers customers with Google apps and companies built-in, equivalent to Google Maps, Google Assistant and the Google Play Retailer. Apple Automotive Play shall be accessible within the close to future. The 12.3-inch driver show and 9-inch heart touchscreen present all pertinent info, and the middle display is voice and contact enabled. Over-the-air software program updates may be scheduled or set to obtain mechanically.
As talked about, the inside of each is welcoming for large and tall people, not less than up entrance. The sloping roof within the C40 relegates shorter people to the rear row of this five-seater. The XC40 has superb rear seat headroom.
The C40 Recharge affords respectable cargo capability (rear hatch with seats folded and entrance “frunk”), and a most towing capability of 2000 kilos. The XC40 has extra cargo capability, 57.5 cubic ft versus 49 for the C40.
Volvo C40/XC40 RWD Powertrain and Drive Expertise
The brand new Single Motor Prolonged Vary C40 Recharge and XC40 Recharge function a strong 185 kW (248 hp) everlasting magnet e-motor on the rear axle and an 82kWh battery pack. This mixture of a extra energy-dense battery and environment friendly motor permits the C40 Recharge and XC40 Recharge to realize as much as 297 and 293 miles of vary, respectively.
Charging energy has improved because the uprated 82 kWh battery pack permits for charging at a high fee of 200 kW DC. Charging the automobile from 10-80 p.c state-of-charge takes roughly 28 minutes.
Even with the only motor, each fashions supply very satisfying efficiency. Electrical automobiles supply silent thrust that’s infinitely addictive.
Driving throughout scenic Sweden was wonderful. Two nice automobiles in some of the scenically stunning locations I’ve ever visited. On the highways and byways, nice acceleration and a well-balanced chassis made the drive tremendous pleasurable.
All-Wheel Drive Variants are Up to date
Along with driving the RWD variants, we additionally drove up to date AWD variants of the C40/XC40 Recharge that additionally profit from updates that present the pair with extra vary. The earlier set-up of two 150 kW electrical motors on each entrance and rear axles has been changed by our in-house developed 255 hp electrical motor on the rear axle and a brand new 147 hp asynchronous electrical motor on the entrance axle. Because the asynchronous motor doesn’t require a continuing electrical cost, the Twin Motor conserves power by participating the front-axle drive solely when it’s wanted – contributing to the enhancements in vary.
The Twin Motor variants of the C40 Recharge and XC40 Recharge retain the 78kWh battery pack with a high charging fee of 150 kW DC. This implies the XC40 Recharge Twin Motor AWD can now drive as much as 254 miles, a 21-mile enhance over the earlier iteration. The vary of the C40 Recharge Twin Motor has improved as much as 257 miles from 226 miles (mixed EPA cycle).
Exterior updates additionally assist contribute to effectivity features. For instance, a brand new 19-inch alloy wheel for each C40 and XC40 Recharge not solely boosts the general look of the fashions, nevertheless it additionally helps to scale back drag by its aerodynamic design.
|Mannequin||Drive||Vary (EPA estimated)|
|C40 Recharge Single Motor||RWD||297 miles|
|C40 Recharge Twin Motor||AWD||257 miles|
|XC40 Recharge Single Motor||RWD||293 miles|
|XC40 Recharge Twin Motor||AWD||254 miles|
Volvo C40 Guarantee/Service Info
Volvo’s “Handy Care” normal client package deal contains Put on Protection (4 years/40,000 miles), Manufacturing unit Scheduled Upkeep (additionally 4/40,000), Bumper-to-Bumper New Automotive Guarantee (4/50,000), and Excessive Voltage Drive Battery protection (8/100,000). The C40/XC40 Care Supply additionally comes with 250 kW of DC quick charging with Electrify America, an EV charging firm; and Electrify America’s Move + for one 12 months, which supplies you a kWh fee low cost on quick charging.
Extra EV Fashions to the Launch Quickly
Volvo is on a full-speed march in the direction of electrification of extra fashions, together with the tremendous luxe EX90 and the EX30, a small, totally electrical SUV for the fashionable period, designed to be protected and have a smaller CO2 footprint than any Volvo automobile ever constructed.
It’s going to even be tremendous “inexperienced,” with superior sustainable supplies used within the inside, for instance. Recycled and renewable supplies for seats, dashboard and doorways shall be used, together with supplies equivalent to denim, flax, and a wool mix that additionally accommodates round 70 p.c recycled polyester.
Considerably, on the finish of the EX30’s lifespan, the car is designed to be recovered as much as 95 p.c by recycling the supplies and recovering power from what can’t be recovered.
All of those developments tie to Volvo’s plan to ship on being a climate-neutral firm by 2040, by a 40% minimize of total CO2 emissions per automobile from 2018 ranges.
Whereas in Sweden, we had the chance to go to Volvo’s Wind Tunnel Check Facility. There, we noticed superb aerodynamic tuning on the EX90. What an incredible expertise!