I had a fantastic time in Volvo’s hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden to experience the 2024 RWD XC40 Recharge with a 293-mile electric range and the 2024 RWD C40 Recharge with a 297-mile electric range. The new RWDs are lighter, have faster charge times, and feature updated battery tech which equates to increased range. The revised powertrains are available in three variants, while the exterior features new 19″ aero alloy rims and two new paint options dubbed Cloud Blue and Vapour Grey Metallic.
Media guests test-drove the aerodynamic, luxury crossovers through the blissful landscapes of the safe-minded and health-conscious country for extensive insight into the all-electric RWD platform both vehicles share. Built at Volvo’s facility in Gent, Belgium, the pair of Recharges are the first Volvos in 25 years available in the United States with rear-wheel drive. The small, single electric motor (second generation) developed in-house in Sweden is placed on the rear axle. I would have chosen FWD for this model, but Volvo engineers stated that its electric technologies and software provide the necessary traction when required. Moreover, the weight allocation of the vehicle due to the even distribution of the battery and motor significantly improves rear traction.
“These updates are another big step in our work towards becoming a fully electric car maker by 2030,” said Javier Varela, chief operating officer and deputy chief executive at Volvo Cars. “Range and charging times are new key factors for more and more of our customers, and these improvements make our fully electric models even more attractive than they already were.”
Also in Sweden, we received a deep dive into the Intelligent Tech of the advanced 2024 Volvo EX90 which inherits a plethora of e-mobility systems and EV innovations. The 7-passenger SUV achieves 300 emission-free miles from a 111 kWh battery pack and dual-motor powertrain. Overall, the “Green to the Extreme” international escape into the Scandic way of life helped me better understand Volvo’s electrification journey. An ambitious transformation plan will lead to complete electrification of its vehicles by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2040. The Recharges additionally incorporate a leather-free interior that reduces weight and decreases the company’s carbon footprint. The Microtech, a suede-like fabric, has quality textures made from recycled PET bottles, bio-attributed material from sustainable forests, and wine bottle corks. Moreover, the 2024 C40 Recharge specifically receives a Charcoal City Canvas Textile option which is equally leather-free. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlrgdTKBqNE
Riding quietly and efficiently in the bubble-shaped C40 Recharge was fun and breathtaking as I galloped the meandering roads through enchanting valleys and around the multitude of lakes in the picturesque countryside. The aerodynamic C40 Recharge features a black glass roof, dual tailgate spoilers, black lower body surround, and a unique closed grille. Its vigor was impressive when calling upon the 248-horsepower from the e-motor, and the 297-mile drive range from its 82 kWh battery was plenty for touring Gothenburg. Both Recharges can restore energy from 10% to 80% in roughly 28 minutes with DC Fast Charging up to 200 kW when running low. Keep in mind that the current twin motor variants are all-wheel drive (AWD) with a range of 257 miles for the C40 Recharge Twin (AWD) and 254 miles for the XC40 Recharge Twin (AWD). More importantly, Volvo modulates performance characteristics with software updates such as steering or suspension handling so owners will always have the most remarkable abilities at their disposal.
Inside, the cockpit is empowered by a 9” touchscreen display and Google’s ecosystem that integrates Google Navigation, Google Calendar, Google Play for music and talk shows, and Google Assistant to support natural speech. For example, say, “Hey Google,” to instruct the system on your destination and it will input the data seamlessly. The updated multimedia system also reduces the complexity and distraction of Volvo’s prior system. Since the Swedes love reggae music, I tuned into Bob Marley to catch the vibe as the melody flowed from the impressive Harman/ Kardon audio system. The interior is roomy, effervescent, and stylish, especially the handcrafted Crystal gear knob.
From a charging perspective, there are three levels to consider to keep your C40 or XC40 Recharge ready for action. Level 1 is the slowest at three to five miles of energy recuperation per hour and utilizes your home’s 110V outlets. A full charge can take up to 60 hours or more depending on your vehicle’s battery pack size. Level 2 is the most convenient since charging can occur at home at 15 to 37 miles an hour from a 240V unit like the ChargePoint Home Flex. EV life has been effortless since I installed this model at my residence. Public charging stations are rapidly increasing and feature Level 2 and Level 3 stations. With Level 3 — also known as DC Fast Charging — you can expect energy restoration from 25 kWh to 350 kWh in relatively short spurts.
So, what are you waiting for? Switching to a Volvo EV like the RWD Recharge provides an eco-friendly alternative to traditional fuel-powered transportation. And with an array of cost-effective, high-quality home chargers and expanding infrastructure, going electric is simpler than ever.
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