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Electric Volvo C40 and XC40 to get rear-wheel drive option, better range and faster charging

Volvo is increasing the range of the XC40 Recharge and C40 Recharge by as much as 41miles (66km) on some variants as well as two rear-wheel-drive variants – the first time in 25 years that Volvo has a rear-wheel-drive product – as well as an improved all-wheel-drive (AWD) performance model.

On the entry level rear-wheel-drive powertrain option a single motor with standard range is driven by a 175kW electric motor, delivering a 3% increase in power output over the outgoing 170kW single-motor front-wheel-drive variant.

In the XC40 Recharge single motor, the same 69kWh battery capacity is carried over, but updates with the cooling efficiency mean it can now deliver increased range and driving up to 286 miles (461 km). The C40 Recharge single motor gives up to 296miles (476km), and recharging from 10% to 80 % charge takes approx. 34 minutes on a 130kW DC rapid charger.

Also in the range, Volvo offers a larger 82kWh battery coupled with a more powerful motor on the rear axle boosting range up to 320miles (515km) for the XC40 Recharge and up to 331miles (533km) (WLTP) for the C40 Recharge.

The all-wheel-drive variants now get a 183kW permanent magnet e-motor on the rear axle and a new 117kW asynchronous electric motor on the front axle. Paired with an 82kWh battery pack and improvements in battery cooling, means the XC40 Recharge Twin Motor AWD can now drive up to 311miles (500km) on a single charge. The range of the C40 Recharge Twin Motor AWD has improved up to 315miles (507km). 

For more information visit volvocars.com

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