Miles per gallon-equivalent is how the EPA provides efficiency ratings for battery-electric vehicles in a way that can be used in comparison with gasoline-powered vehicles. Actual mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, driving habits, elevation changes, weather, accessory usage (lights, climate control), vehicle condition and other factors.
EPA-estimated range is the distance, or predicted distance, a new plug-in vehicle will travel on electric power before its battery charge is exhausted. Actual range will vary depending on driving conditions, driving habits, elevation changes, weather, accessory usage (lights, climate control), vehicle condition and other factors.
Charge time estimates are based on using a 240-volt charging circuit charging from empty to 100% battery capacity. Level 2 is the fastest way to charge at home, though charging times can vary and are dependent on factors such as the capabilities of the charging circuit, charging equipment and the vehicle’s onboard charger. Level 2 charging time provided by Chrome Data, a JD Power company.
DC fast chargingDC fast charging
DC fast charging is the fastest way to charge and only available at pay-for-use public charging stations, though some EVs come with complimentary charging for a limited time. Real-world DC fast charging times can vary greatly, even on the same vehicle, because of this type of charging’s sensitivities to ambient and battery conditions. DC fast charging time provided by Chrome Data, a JD Power company.
Battery capacityBattery capacity
Battery capacity is measured in kilowatt-hours, which is a measure of how much energy is used over time. A 70-kWh battery has more energy capacity than a 50-kWh battery and would result in a longer driving range if all other factors were equal. But more battery capacity doesn’t always mean longer range because of differences in energy consumption from vehicle to vehicle. Battery capacity provided by Chrome Data, a JD Power company.
2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric review: Our expert's take
By Brian Normile
Competes with: BMW i3, Lexus NX 300h, Tesla Model 3, Tesla Model Y (eventually)
Looks like: An XC40 with a plastic cover where the grille should be
Drivetrains: Dual-motor, battery-electric all-wheel drive powertrain producing a claimed 402 horsepower (408 outside of the U.S.) and 487 pounds-feet of torque; range is “over 400 kilometers” based on European testing and Volvo predicts roughly 200 miles of range in the U.S.
Hits dealerships: 2020
Volvo revealed its all-electric XC40 Recharge today — the Swedish automaker’s first all-electric vehicle — as part of a push toward a more sustainable future, and it seems like a solid, if cautious, first step.
Beginning with the XC40 Recharge, Volvo plans on launching an all-electric vehicle every year as part of making all-electric cars half of its sales by 2025 and becoming a climate-neutral company by 2040. Volvo chief Hakan Samuelsson said Volvo’s plan was to make sustainability as synonymous with the Volvo brand as safety currently is.
Starting with the XC40 and not making the XC40 Recharge a radical visual departure from the much-lauded small SUV is a good plan, and getting in ahead of the anticipated Tesla Model Y small SUV will also help bolster the XC40 Recharge’s position as the tip of Volvo’s Recharge lineup plans: Beginning in early 2020, shoppers will be asked at the “entrance” to Volvo’s consumer site if they want a car “with a cord” — the XC40 Recharge and the plug-in hybrid versions of Volvo’s other vehicles — or without one.
The XC40 Recharge doesn’t look much different from its internal combustion sibling. The most significant visual clue that it’s electric is the replacement of the open grille options — blacked-out plastic or vertical metal slats — with a solid panel wearing the Volvo badge. A more subtle change will be the embossed “Recharge” on the C-pillar in the same location as the regular XC40’s trim level.
2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge | Manufacturer image
There are also few changes to the interior from a visual standpoint. The biggest difference will be the XC40 Recharge’s new infotainment system, powered by Android; it will allow for over-the-air updates and fully integrate Google apps like Maps and Assistant. The over-the-air update plan is part of Volvo’s push for sustainability; the hope is that a constantly updated multimedia system keeps the XC40 Recharge feeling modern and makes it less likely for buyers to want or feel the need for a new vehicle.
Under the Hood
A frunk! Get it!? Because there’s no combustion engine anymore!? So now it’s just storage!? C’mon, “frunk” is a funny word. Anyway …
Power is generated from a 78 kilowatt-hour battery pack that powers two electric motors, one front and one rear, driving all four wheels. Total system output for the XC40 Recharge will be 402 horsepower and 487 pounds-feet of torque. Volvo claims the XC40 Recharge will go from zero-to-62 mph in 4.9 seconds.
A full charge should net what Volvo says is 200 miles of driving range. The automaker also says that with DC fast charging, the battery can reach an 80 percent charge in 40 minutes.
Safety has always been a priority for Volvo vehicles, and the XC40 Recharge is no different. With the removal of the internal combustion engine from the front, Volvo significantly reinforced the vehicle’s frame to mitigate the effects of a frontal collision. The rear motor is also integrated into the body structure to improve crash safety. The battery pack gets a special “cage” to protect the batteries in case of impact while also working to help protect occupants. Volvo also points out that the low and central location of the battery pack lowers the XC40 Recharge’s center of gravity and reduces the risk of rollovers.
The XC40 Recharge comes equipped with a what Volvo calls a “scalable” active-safety system. The Advanced Driver Assistance System uses cameras, sensors and radar and can be updated as software and technologies improve — similar to Teslas. According to Volvo, it “lays the foundation for the future introduction of autonomous drive technology.”
The ability to update and improve some of the safety features of the XC40 Recharge works hand in hand with the infotainment system’s over-the-air updates to encourage owners to hold on to their cars longer.
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Bought a used 2021 with 23,000 miles on it, and it is actually getting better than EPA estimated range and efficiency. It’s a very well built car with modest luxury styling that doesn’t demand attention. However, if you do press the pedal all the way down it catches everyone (including yourself) off guard with how quickly it moves.
It’s not too hard to use for a road trip if you let the built in google maps app plan things out. It charges over 150kw if you are on the bottom half of the pack, but it slows down as you get to 80% and above. You can pretty reliably trust the estimate for battery level at your final location to be equal or better.
The used models are a great deal right now as people that bought EVs because they were rare let go of them at much cheaper prices. I’m really happy with mine!
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Purchased a Used car
Used for Commuting
Does recommend this car
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With only a week of ownership, the XC40 P8 Recharge exceeds our expectations in every respect. The reliability is yet to be seen, but based on past experiences with a 1970 1800E, 1985 245 DL, 2001 V70XC, and 2004 S60AWD, the new battery electric vehicle (BEV) from Volvo is expected to serve us well (currently own three of the above models). Our current driving needs are easily satisfied by the realistic 200+ mile range specification. The Google-based Infotainment system provides complete routing with charging station availability for future road trips. Depending on state of charge (~20%), DC-fast-charging to take up to 40 minutes for recharge to 80%. The optional heat pump will increase the vehicle's range in cold climates.
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Purchased a New car
Used for Transporting family
Does recommend this car
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