Volvo’s first battery-electric SUV now has an official range rating from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The 2021 XC40 Recharge will be officially rated at 208 miles of range, which comes in right in line with Volvo’s expectations.
The XC40 Recharge has a 78-kWh battery pack under the floor that sends power to two electric motors, generating 402 horsepower and 487 pound-feet of torque. If those stats sound familiar, that’s because the XC40 Recharge and Polestar 2 utilize the same powertrain. Despite the same powertrain, the Polestar 2 just received a range rating of 233 miles, likely credited to more advantageous aerodynamics.
Comparing the XC40 Recharge to other battery-electric SUVs, it is coming up short in the range department. The Hyundai Kona Electric offers 258 miles of range, while the Tesla Model Y Standard Range (which has not been released) offers 230 miles.
The range deficit will likely be a challenge for Volvo when it comes to attracting buyers, but there’s no doubt the XC40 will be the most fun-to-drive electric SUV on the market given it’s power levels and alleged dynamics.
Oddly, Volvo has not confirmed the exact launch date for the XC40 Recharge in the U.S., but given it has an EPA rating, it shouldn’t be long.