The Volvo C40 Recharge and its brother, the Volvo XC40 Recharge, have undergone technological upgrades that make them more efficient and enticing to EV buyers in 2024. The conversion from front-wheel to rear-wheel drive, which Volvo has not provided in 25 years, is one of the most important improvements in the 2024 C40 Recharge. This design tweak improves efficiency and increases vehicle range. The entry-level versions were also given a 5kW power bump, increasing their maximum power output to 175kW.
- ➤ 2024 pricing
- ➤ Drive Configuration, Charging, and Range Upgrades
- ➤ The Future of Volvo’s Electric Lineup
The 2024 C40 Recharge starts at $78,990, while the XC40 Recharge starts at $76,990, excluding on-road charges. The entry-level single-motor versions have increased in price compared to the outgoing MY23 vehicles, while the twin-motor AWD variants have decreased in price.
Drive Configuration, Charging, and Range Upgrades
The revised dual-motor versions include a bigger 82kWh gross battery pack, a 4kWh increase. And a 500km driving range for the XC40 and 507km for the C40 as per WLTP. They also have an enhanced 200kW DC rapid charging capability, a major advance over the previous 150kW. This reduces the recharging time from 10 to 80% to 28 minutes.
Additionally, the torque split between the front and back axles has increased to 117kW and 183kW, respectively. The overall output remains at 300kW and 660Nm. Acceleration times remain constant, with the single-motor type reaching 100km/h in 7.4 seconds and the dual-motor variant in 4.9 seconds.
In early 2022, the XC40 Recharge electric SUV underwent a minor redesign to align it with the C40 Recharge Coupe SUV. The inside dashboard trim was modified, and a smaller 69kWh gross battery was offered for the Australian market.
The Future of Volvo’s Electric Lineup
Volvo has vowed an all-electrified lineup starting in 2026, with the EX90 flagship big electric SUV leading the way. This is part of the company’s aim to be carbon-neutral by 2040, with EVs accounting for 35% of worldwide sales by 2030. So is it time to switch to EVs?
For individuals searching for a sleek and economical electric vehicle, the 2024 Volvo C40 Recharge and XC40 Recharge are ideal options. These EVs are more competitive in the market because of technological enhancements such as a bigger battery pack, faster charging periods, and the move to rear-wheel drive. Given Volvo’s goal of being carbon-neutral, we may anticipate more fascinating electric vehicles in the future.