Volvo XC40 P8 charging review

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How busy is this area? Of course, we’ll probably remember 2020 for another Right, but in terms of a pure electric vehicle reaching critical mass, well, this is the year things got real. Especially for crosses, the de facto family car of the time. Now here is Volvo’s first fully electric offering, a car whose full name is too long to fit on its nicely wavy tailgate. The XC40 Recharge Pure Electric P8 is on sale now, priced at a hearty £ 53,155, and tasked with persuading still hesitant punters in its carefully trimmed Scandi cabin rather than that of a BMW iX3, DS E-Tense, (Ford) Mustang Mach E, Jaguar I Pace, Tesla Model Y, or VW ID4 (OK, some of them haven’t landed yet, but you can see how drastically the landscape has changed).With its Polestar spin-off doing a different kind of job, Volvo’s Recharge is the company’s sub-brand, which will encompass all of its hybrid or fully electric cars. CEO Hakån Samuelsson estimates that electric vehicles will account for 50% of Volvo’s sales volumes by 2025, and the company also aims to reduce its lifecycle carbon footprint per vehicle by 40% by the same year. He wants to be climate neutral by 2040.

The XC40 P8 is identical to its ICE and PHEV siblings except for the now mandatory body color grille and the Recharge mark on the C-pillar. The charging port is on the front fender on the near side, there’s a bespoke alloy wheel design and new exterior colors, including a green that has an inappropriate militaristic overtone. (The exterior of the XC40, by the way, is the work of British designer Ian Kettle, who was drawn to Tesla shortly after its reveal.) Underneath is the same Common Modular Architecture (CMA) that underlies it. the Polestar 2, various Lynk & Co models, and the Geely Xingyue (new to us too). Importantly, it was designed to accept an electric powertrain so that the functionality of the XC40 would not be corrupted. The P8 is powered by an underfloor mounted 78 kWh lithium-ion battery, which powers two electric motors, one on each axle to provide all-wheel drive. Power output is 402 hp, an outrageous 487 lb-ft of torque, which in turn translates into a decidedly little Volvo gear turn: few cars in the wonderfully idiosycratic Swedes’ canon have hit 62 mph less. five seconds. Volvo claims a WLTP range of 260 miles on a single charge, and connected to a 150kW fast charger, you’ll get 80% of that in about 40 minutes. On a standard 7-11kW home wall charger, you need eight hours.

If this all sounds similar to the numbers cited for the excellent Polestar 2, it’s because the hardware is identical. Which in turn is a reminder that the challenge in the rapidly changing world of electric vehicles is to create something that is significantly greater than the sum of its parts. Design, connectivity, ease of use and quality are becoming more important than ever. Volvo already has a head start in all four categories with the classic XC40. How much better can an all-electric iteration be?

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