As part of a new package of product updates, Volvo has announced improvements to the capabilities of its C40 and XC40 EVs. At the center of these upgrades is a range increase of 37 miles (60 kilometers) for the AWD XC40 Recharge with the 82 kWh battery option.

Furthermore, three new powertrains will be offered for the C40 Recharge and XC40 Recharge. These include two rear-wheel-drive variants, and a revised AWD performance model. The C40’s single motor version with standard range is driven by a 175-kW permanent magnet e-motor – providing a three percent increase over its prior generation.

While the XC40 Recharge’s single motor model retains its 69-kWh battery, enhancements in cooling efficiency enable increased vehicle range. It can now drive up to 285 miles (460 kilometers) on a single charge, representing a 21-mile (35-kilometer) increase prior to the upgrade. The C40 Recharge single motor gains a similar increase, now measured at 295 miles (476 kilometers), up from 272 miles (438 kilometers). In both cases, charging from 10 percent to 80 percent on a 130-kW DC public charger takes approximately 34 minutes.

Users can also opt for a model containing an 82-kWh battery coupled with a 185 kW permanent magnet e-motor on the rear axle. This new variant increases the range of both single-motor extended range models, with the XC40 Recharge offering a range up to 320 miles (515 kilometers) and the C40 Recharge up to 331 miles (533 kilometers). The larger battery pack also enhances charging power, now offering a maximum charging capacity of 200 kW DC (previously 150 kW). Here, a 10-80 percent recharge takes around 28 minutes.

The C40 and XC40’s AWD variants also benefit from these updates, with further range improvements. The previous set-up of two 150kW e-motors on the front and rear axles have now been replaced by Volvo’s in-house developed 183 kW permanent magnet e-motor on the rear axle, and a new 117 kW asynchronous electric motor on the front axle.

This new configuration additionally leverages the 82 kWh battery, and efficiency improvements in battery cooling, to extend the XC40 Recharge Twin Motor AWD model’s range up to 310 miles (500 kilometers) on a single charge. The range of the C40 Recharge Twin Motor AWD has likewise been enhanced to 315 miles (507 kilometers) from 280 miles (451 kilometers).

In addition to its EVs, the OEM’s PHEV models in the 90 and 60 Series receive a new two-phase on-board charger that allows them to charge at a faster rate (market dependent). The new on-board charger increases their maximum charge capability to 6.4 kW.