2024 Volvo C40 and XC40 Recharge Go RWD, offering more range
- Volvo is reconfiguring the electric powertrain for the C40 and XC40 Recharge for the 2024 model year.
- The new 248-hp rear-wheel-drive base model offers much more range and should be less expensive, too.
- Range increases to 293-297 miles for the single-motor version, while the dual-motor all-wheel-drive model gets a boosted range of 254-257 miles.
Volvo is expanding and improving its electric vehicle lineup for 2024 with some notable changes to the C40 Recharge and XC40 Recharge. Both get a new rear-wheel-drive single-motor version with a larger battery and much greater range, while the existing dual-motor all-wheel-drive variants also boost range thanks to efficiency improvements.
The new rear-wheel drive cars have a 248-hp electric motor and a battery with a usable capacity of 79.0 kWh, allowing a range of 297 miles in the C40 Recharge model and a slightly lower range of 293 miles in the less aerodynamic XC40 Recharge model. These models are also capable of a higher DC fast charging rate of up to 200 kilowatts, which Volvo claims enables them to charge from 10 percent to 80 percent in 28 minutes.
The dual-motor configuration continues through 2024 as well and continues to produce 402 horsepower as before. But Volvo says the electric motors are different, with the rear motor now generating 255 horsepower and the front motor now an asynchronous type capable of disconnecting when it’s not needed. These efficiency improvements, also aided by new, more aerodynamic 19-inch wheels, mean the all-wheel drive models’ 75.0 kWh battery offers significantly greater range. The XC40 is now rated at 254 miles, 31 more than before, while the C40 goes from 226 miles to 257 miles.
Volvo hasn’t released pricing yet, but we expect rear-drive versions to cost less than the outgoing 2023 C40 and XC40 Recharge, which were only offered with a dual-motor powertrain and started in the mid-$50,000 range. Volvo says these updated 2024 electric cars will go on sale in the United States in the second half of this year.
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