Vary enhance, potential RWD model


Volvo has revealed early particulars for revamped single-motor variations of its most inexpensive EVs, the XC40 Recharge and C40 Recharge crossovers, which have up till no longer been provided within the U.S.

Each autos get some basic adjustments beneath. Up till now they’ve include front-wheel-drive. Now, by switching that single-motor structure to rear-wheel drive as an alternative, and adopting a brand new motor, vary and effectivity have been boosted by a big quantity. 

Volvo says that these autos mark the primary time the model has provided a rear-wheel-drive variant in 25 years. 

Revamped 2023 Volvo C40 Recharge (international spec)

Revamped 2023 Volvo C40 Recharge (worldwide spec)

The brand new motor, which makes 248 hp with the bigger 78-kwh (usable) battery that U.S. fashions have acquired up till now, has been developed in-house at Volvo Automobiles, in keeping with the automaker.

Volvo notes that 0-62 mph acceleration for the one motor stays at 7.4 seconds versus official 4.9- and 4.7-second instances for the twin-motor XC40 and C40, respectively. The highest pace can be unchanged at 112 mph.

These Volvo EVs stay on the corporate’s CMA platform, with some elements shared with the Polestar 2—though Polestar is shifting to its personal propulsion elements. Volvo’s then-CTO Henrik Inexperienced tipped Inexperienced Automobile Experiences to the concept Volvo had the flexibleness to make both of those fashions front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive. Not less than for now, single-motor variations of the Polestar 2 have front-wheel drive.

Preliminary specs for revamped 2024 Volvo XC40, C40 - Volvo Cars

Preliminary specs for revamped 2024 Volvo XC40, C40 – Volvo Automobiles

Twin-motor all-wheel-drive variations of the XC40 Recharge and C40 Recharge are additionally getting an replace, that includes a 245-hp model of this motor on the rear wheels, plus a brand new 157-hp induction motor on the entrance wheels. With enhancements in battery cooling, new low-drag wheels, and different enhancements, potential U.S. variations of the single-motor XC40 may obtain a 270-mile EPA vary, whereas the C40 bumps that as much as 275 miles. 

Revamped 2023 Volvo XC40 Recharge (international spec)

Revamped 2023 Volvo XC40 Recharge (worldwide spec)

Volvo Automobiles USA couldn’t but touch upon the timeline of those fashions, however it emphasizes that these aren’t official EPA numbers.

The autos will cost sooner, too. DC quick charging energy has been boosted to 200 kw in fashions with that bigger battery pack, and Volvo says {that a} 10-80% cost takes about 28 minutes.

Volvo famous how these adjustments evaluate to the “outgoing mannequin yr.” At the moment, 2023 model-year variations of those autos are being offered within the U.S., so anticipate this vary enhance for the 2024 mannequin yr.

With rear-wheel drive and extra vary, when will single-motor variations of those Volvo EVs be more likely to arrive within the U.S., moderately than solely dual-motor variations? Volvo hasn’t stated but, however contemplating how necessary EV vary is, place your bets on quickly.


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