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radical zero: Volvo C40/XC40 Recharge

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We have never written anything on “radical” about our experiences with the two all-electric Volvos, the C40 and the XC40 Recharge. But we know both of them well – and so far we had some concerns about fuel consumption, and consequently about range – and then also about charging speed. But it’s nice of the Swedes to listen to us, because they have now made improvements. And they have done so intensively.

For the first time in 25 years, Volvo has two models with pure rear-wheel drive. On the one hand, there is a new entry-level variant with 175 kW (238 hp) and the 69 kWh battery, which is cooled better than before. This increases the range of the XC40 from 425 to 460 kilometres, and of the somewhat more aerodynamic C40 from 438 to 476 kilometres. Charging is now possible with a maximum of 130 kW.

In combination with the 82 kWh battery, a new electric motor is also used on the rear axle, which now produces 185 kW (252 hp) and a range of 515 kilometres (XC40) or 533 kilometres (C40). The larger battery can now be charged with a contemporary 200 kW.

And finally, there are the all-wheel-drive models, which have also been renewed and now have a 117 kW (159 hp) asynchronous E-motor at the front and the newly developed permanent magnet E-motor with 183 kW (249 hp) at the rear axle; the total system output remains at 300 kW (408 hp). But because the top model also benefits from improved battery cooling, the range is now said to be an impressive 62 kilometres more, 500 kilometres for the XC40, 507 kilometres for the C40 Recharge.

Volvo has already presented the new platform on which the EX90 will stand. More electric cars can be found at: zero.

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