Volvo is updating the XC40 and C40 electric cars with some very good surprises

Volvo is developing the XC40 and C4 Recharge series with increased power and range. And the good news is that the former is currently eligible for a maximum environmental bonus of €5,000. Enough to make an excellent autonomy-price ratio!

XC40 Refill Twin, Sage Green

Volvo did not wait for the European Union’s decision to ban the sale of thermal cars in 2035 to develop its electrification. So much so that since September 2022, the Swedish firm does not sell a single 100% thermal model in the French catalog. But of course, the company wants to go even further, as it plans to be 100% electric by 2030, according to a statement released in 2021.

Affordable price

Awaiting the arrival of the EX90, which replaces the XC90 that was made official last November, Volvo is currently launching two electric models. These are the XC40 and C40 Recharge, which are nothing more than a coupe version of the former. Later, the lineup will be enriched with the EX30, which will take the form of an affordable small SUV made in China. This should not please experts who are already worried about the invasion of European cars from China.

But in the meantime, Volvo is working on improving its cars already on sale. Therefore, last December it announced some developments for its two upgraded models, taking advantage of increased power and autonomy. But after a few weeks, the brand gives us a bit more details, especially about the prices of these revised and tweaked versions.

Volvo XC40 Recharge P8 AWD 100% electric

Until then, The XC40 Recharge started at 45,800 euros it starts from €58,050 in the entry-level Start version, while the Recharge Twin variant in the Plus intermediate trim. This is stated in the press release of Volvo. The electric SUV shows an entry ticket of 48,950 euros today In the Extended Range version. The increased price is somewhat offset by the current customer discount, bringing the price down to €46,990 per configurator.

A price that is exactly the same as the Tesla Model Y Propulsion, which entitles the Scandinavian SUV to a €5,000 environmental bonus. Please note that this is only available for cars with a purchase price of less than 47,000 euros. So with the help of Govt The SUV starts at 41,990 euros. On the other hand, the C40 Recharge can no longer lay claim to it, starting at 54,050 euros against 46,800 euros until then. Price set at €51,890 with discount currently in effect.

Some notable developments

But this small price increase for two electric SUVs is not unreasonable, on the contrary. Indeed, Volvo has offered many improvements to its cars an increased distance of about a hundred kilometers. The increase we owe to the change in the architecture of the standard Recharge version, which has become a clean engine. Recharge Twin variant is available a new battery with a total capacity of 82 kWthat is, it is 3 kWh more than before.

A new Single Motor Extended Range version also enriches the range of the two SUVs. result, Volvo XC40 can travel between 500 and 515 kilometers According to the WLTP cycle, the C40 Recharge swings between 507 and 533 kilometers thanks to a slightly more aerodynamic silhouette. Note that the basic version keeps a 67 kWh battery. Both SUVs also get power boosts, with the Recharge version going from 231bhp to 238bhp.

Volvo C40 Recharge – Paris National Test – December 2021

As Volvo announced, charging capacity has also been improved, with the Twin version ranging from 150 to 200 kW. So it takes only 28 minutes to go from 10% to 80%. Thanks to the Kia EV6’s 800-volt system, it gets better and better, even if it’s more than 18 minutes away. Standard Recharge version always takes 34 minutes a power is still limited to 150 kW in direct current.

Other upgrades may be offered later, while the brand’s models are compatible with remote OTA updates. This way, it will be possible to enjoy new functions or better performance related to Google’s infotainment system without going to the garage.

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