Volvo C40 and XC40 Recharge get even longer range

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Official WLTP tests by Volvo increase the driving range of the updated XC40 and C40 Recharge even further.

The Volvo XC40 Recharge and C40 Recharge have been updated with new battery technology and drivetrains. Announced in December 2022, Volvo has now revised initial performance expectations, confirming new, longer ranges for both models.

The refreshed Volvo C40 Recharge Twin is claimed to have a WLTP range of 550km, following official tests by the Swedish firm.

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It will arrive later this year, along with its refreshed Volvo XC40 Recharge Twin sibling, which is claimed to have 538km of range.

The improvements are thanks to a larger 82kWh battery and improved cooling efficiency.

The Twin models also get more poke, up 6kW to 300kW, thanks to a 108kW motor at the front and a 187kW motor at the rear. They previously had a 147kW electric motor on both axles.

The single-motor variants get a range boost too, with the standard C40 Recharge now achieving 478km ( and the standard XC40 Recharge 467km.

Switching from front-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive has boosted efficiency, with the pair now capable of achieving 5.9km per kWh, up from 5.3km per kWh.

The update also includes a faster charging rate for the XC40 Recharge Twin, reducing the 10-80% time by nine minutes to 28 minutes when using a 200kW DC rapid-charger.

This matches the charging time of the smaller-battery standard models, which keep the same 150kW maximum charging speed.

All of the new EVs are now available to order. The Twin models will enter production next month, before the single-motor variants arrive in later this year to Australia.

Volvo will soon introduce EX90 and EX30 electric SUVs, with the EX30 designed to attract younger buyers to the brand as it continues to reinvent itself for the electric age. The EX90 will arrive in 2024 as a flagship rival to the BMW iX.

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