Potential customers of the Volvo XC40 Recharge might now scratch their heads, as the car was supposed to get a higher range rating.

The EPA officially listed today the range and energy efficiency rating for the upcoming all-electric Volvo XC40 Recharge, which recently entered production in Europe.

After the rather disappointing results for the Polestar 2, we knew that the XC40 cousin (based on the same CMA platform) will get an even lower rating due to its more SUV-ish shape.

The EPA range is 208 miles (335 km), not much considering 78 kWh battery. That's almost 11% or 25 miles less than in the case of Polestar 2 (233 miles).


The main reason behind the relatively low range is surprisingly high energy consumption. EPA says we should expect 79 MPGe - 427 Wh/mi (265 Wh/km) in the combined cycle. That's almost 17% above Polestar 2.

2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge EPA rating:

  • range of 208 miles (335 km)
  • energy consumption (including charging losses):
    • combined: 79 MPGe - 427 Wh/mi (265 Wh/km)
    • city: 85 MPGe - 396 Wh/mi (246 Wh/km)
    • highway: 72 MPGe - 468 Wh/mi (291 Wh/km)

Let's also take a look at the chart with the Tesla Model Y, which makes the XC40 Recharge appear really inefficient. But is that really the case to get some 83-108 miles less than Model Y? We will surely try to test the range as soon as possible.


Gallery: Volvo XC40 Recharge

Volvo XC40 Recharge P8 specs:

  • 208 miles (335 km) of EPA range
  • more than 400 km (249 miles) of WLTP range
  • 78 kWh battery pack (75 kWh usable, 400 V, 320 kW of power) (cells from LG Chem/CATL)
  • 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.9 seconds (4.7 seconds to 60 mph)
  • dual motor all-wheel-drive
  • system output of 300 kW (408 hp) and 660 Nm (one 150 kW motor per axle)
  • DC fast charging 0-80% in 40 minutes (at up to 150 kW peak)
  • AC: 11 kW three-phase on-board charger
  • weight of 2,150 to 2,250 kg (4,740-4,960 lbs) depending on version/equipment
  • cargo capacity of 413 liters + 31 in front trunk
  • maximum roof load: 165 pounds (75 kg) 
  • Towing capacity of up to 1,500 kg (3,307 lbs)
  • based on Compact Modular Architecture (CMA)
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