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Volvo XC40 Recharge Revealed With 402 HP

Volvo XC40 Recharge Revealed With 402 HP

Volvo’s future is electric and it’s starting with the XC40 Recharge. The battery-electric version of the XC40 crossover has been fully revealed, including specifications regarding its 402 horsepower electric powertrain.

The XC40 Recharge is powered by two electric motors, one found at each axle. Supplying juice to the motors is a 78-kWh, which Volvo says is good for 249 miles of range under the WLTP cycle in Europe. Expect the XC40 Recharge’s range in the U.S. to be closer to 200 miles under the EPA cycle.

Volvo says the battery pack can charge to 80 percent in about 40 minutes if connected to a 150-kW fast-charging system.

If this powertrain setup sounds familiar, it is nearly identical to the one found in the upcoming Polestar 2, which is also owned by Volvo.

While the XC40 Recharge does not look remarkably different than the gas version, there are some subtle design differences. The grille has been filled in, while overall ride height has been reduced. Both measures are an attempt to squeeze additional range through improved aerodynamics.

Another headliner with the XC40 Recharge is the fact it is debuting Volvo’s all-new infotainment system. Announced several months ago, this system is based on Google’s Android operating system and is fully integrated with Volvo’s OnCall connected services as well.

Like the infotainment system, Volvo’s first battery-electric vehicle is debuting another new brand trait: its name. Volvo says the “Recharge” name will ultimately end up on any Volvo that can be charged, so battery-electric models and plug-in hybrids.

Speaking of which, Volvo plans to rollout five battery-electric models over the next five years. The XC40 Recharge is the first of the five. Volvo wants 50 percent of its sales to be of electric vehicles by year 2025.


About Nick Saporito

AutoVerdict Senior Editor Nick Saporito began writing about cars at age 13. Nick ran a couple of automotive enthusiast sites for several years, before taking some time off to focus on his career and education. By day he's a marketing executive in the telecom world and by night he hangs out here at AV. You'll find him focusing on tech, design and the industry's future.
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  1. CobaltSSKing
    If pricing holds true with a starting price just under 50k this could be quite competitive. Also, it has to be offered By all means of purchase not just on the subscription service.
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