Volvo Debuts Plug-In Hybrid Version Of Super Stylish XC40

APR 27 2018 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 27

Volvo choose Auto China 2018 to reveal its all-new plug-in hybrid version of the XC40 crossover.

Sales of this stylish plug-in crossover will begin this year, though we don’t have specific info on timing for individual markets just yet.

Pure Electric Coming – Volvo XC40 EV Will Go 310 Miles Per Charge

The plug-in hybrid version of XC40 is to arrive as XC40 T5 Twin Engine.

Specs include a 9.7 kWh battery and a 55 kW electric motor (FWD), coupled with 3-cylinder petrol engine and 7-speed dual clutch transmission.

Related – Sales Of Volvo XC40 PHEV To Begin In 2018

The PHEV is expected to get some 50 km (31 miles) of all electric range, but out in the real world (and on the EPA cycle) one should likely see an electric range closer to 40 km (25 miles).

Full details on this newest plug-in hybrid CUV have not yet been released, but we do have images of it to share below.

Volvo XC40 T5 plug-in hybrid
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Really nice looking PHEV, can’t wait to see BEV version specs.

China’s laws will probably make it so every new PHEV has about 9 or 10 kwh battery and mid 20’s miles EPA range (to meet China’s 50 km requirement). Hopefully we still see some 50 mile range cars like the Volt and Clarity, but they do start hitting a boundary where cost vs just making a BEV must be taken into consideration.

Some people don’t like burning any gas, but one must consider that a PHEV like this one will cut an average persons gas usage in half or more. If a person commuted 25 miles a day, and previously drove a traditional Compact CUV at 25 mpg, this would take their gas usage from 1 gallon to about 0 gallons every day. This could easily save 250 gallons of gas a year, or more.

If they charge up…IF.
Unless destination charging expands fast and/or charging times improve then flat dwellers will most likely not make the extra effort to change evey day. Then again, these people will not own an ev either so there’s that…

Or they get a BEV with enough range to get them through a typical week. And just charge up 1/wk.

Then comes XC 50, XC 20, polestar, lynk and Co …….. All EVs, nice!

Having owned the Clarity for 4 weeks, I already cut the gas consumption to 90%. 1500km on the odometer, with 0.7L/100 rate, total consumption less than 11L. I would have pumped about 100L with 6.5L/100km average. Without range anxiety, I believe PHEV is a more practical solution to reducing gas usage, better than pure BEV.

In your situation, that is likely true. Great for you!! But that’s the thing: There is no blanket solution that can be blindly applied to everybody’s own individual situation. Even within the same household such blanket statements don’t work. Many typical 3+ car US households have at least 1 car that would likely be best replaced by a pure BEV, and another car that would likely be best replaced by a PHEV. When it comes to plug-ins, the rule is “Your Mileage WILL Vary”, and cars that are 100% perfect for one person will not be perfect for another. The perfect PHEV for one is the pointless dead engine weight for another. The perfect range EV is the range anxiety inducing car for another. If I were more motivated, I’d write a smart phone app where people could simulate owning a wide range of EV’s and PHEV’s. Then as people drove around their ICE car, it would automatically simulate charging opportunities and gas savings. Then after a few months it would tell the driver what best suited their actual driving habits, and what would change for them personally if they bought different EV’s and PHEV’s.

That’s genius. The phone can log all displacement while connected to car Bluetooth or something. How I wish I knew coding.

Google could easily tell drivers “your average trip last week was 17 miles and your longest was 115. On that long trip you passed within a mile of the DC fast charging stations.”

I actually re-subscribed to TeslaFi (a detailed tracking website for Teslas) in the Fall to see my “real” driving pattern. My wife and I now work from home, unlike when I had my gen 1 Volt (which was a great car btw). You would “think” our driving pattern would be perfect for a low EV range PHEV, and on most individual days it is, BUT our new driving pattern shows we now accrue most of our miles on weekends or on trips into Dallas (from a suburb town) for errands, doctor’s appointments, etc instead of on commutes and the Volvo PHEVs only nets us a paltry 25% or so of our total miles on electric (note: the Volt was 80%)…a bummer as we were looking to replace our 2012 XC60 with a new 2018 XC60 T8 PHEV, but hard to pull the trigger at that percentage. 🙁

That’s a great idea.

I completely agree. So why are the auto manufacturers so slow to roll these out? I am ready to buy a Plug-In Hybrid crossover or smallish SUV tomorrow, if it has room in the COVERED cargo area for a full-size suitcase and large garment bag, but no one makes one yet for the U.S. market. The Kia Nero would be ideal if its cargo area was larger. The new Prius Prime has significantly less usable cargo capacity than my 2012 Prius Plug-In Hybrid, and yet TOYOTA could not make a business case for selling a Plug-In Hybrid version of their brand new RAV4. This is so frustrating.
Likewise, for years since its introduction Ford has been squandering the potential of their Transit Connect when it could also have been marketed as a lifestyle, carry-all, economical vehicle that a Plug-In Hybrid version would be.

GM redesigned the Volt as another small car, rather than use its powertrain in a roomier vehicle (small SUV). What they did was so bad that they’ve decided to discontinue the Volt altogether. Brilliant!

In the race for the first true all-electric small SUV, Volvo is winning.

This is a good looking vehicle. Can’t wait to find out about the BEV version specs and price and availability.

We have seen many mergers / acquisitions in the automotive industry turn into disasters but the Volvo & Geely acquisition has been a win / win for both organization without Volvo losing one shred of it’s Swedish heritage.

A success story that ends well for all.

Yeah, Ford was not a good match for Volvo cars, Geely seems much more motivated to do something good with them.

This isn’t a BEV. We’ll have to see when the all-electric XC40 actually ships. The Hyundai Kona BEV will beat it to market. Neither is AWD, so “SUV” is a pretty meaningless term, just say “bloated hatchback.”

The Kona EV which was lowered vs the ICE, certainly qualifies for the hatchback category. I’m hopeful though that the XC40 EV is dual motor, AWD.

9,7kWh and 55kW – Volvo, what are you smoking?

Even if ALL of that 9,7kWh is usable capacity, how do you reach your destination without using gas when you only have 55kW on hand?

I think the bigger worry is it’s parallel hybrid nature. Like with Hyundai and Kia (who in Europe at least sell nice cars to nice people, designed to grund itself to pieces after 5 years)
DCTs are bad enough, but with an electric motor? It’ll suffer. In top of which it looks like this is also a one motor system. What’s going to happen with an empty battery, then engine can’t generate electricity to propel it, which is the most efficient waywaand and least burdensome on the mechanics to move a heavy laden hybrid.

Doesn’t that concern anybody? A negligent owner (more than half of all car owners lets be honest) wouldn’t understand these, not charge it, and leave an over-tuned 3 cylinder to do the heavy lifting…

Is it just me if I see an upcoming reliably scandal in the coming years?

This looks great… but a bit late to the party…

AWD would be better for many

Disappointed the PHEV is FWD. Hopefully the BEV will Be AWD.

I love the development that has gone into PHEVs in the past 10 years but we should really look at where the electricity we put into them comes from. They won’t be “green” until our power is.

New generation is quite green, being almost entirely natural gas and renewables. Take away all the EVs/PHEVs (I know their electricity consumption is tiny, but it’s still new demand), and I think it’s unlikely that we’d have built quite as much clean energy as we did.

So from a marginal analysis viewpoint, I think it is fairly “green”.

That’s a pointlessly absolute way of looking at it. If you do nothing your plug-in car gets greener as more renewable energy is built out. You can see how your area’s generation is doing at the UCS map of the USA that shows the mpg a gasser has to get to have less well-to-wheels pollution than a plug-in (spoiler: it’s really high even in coal country). If you don’t want to wait you can charge when lots of RE is generated, you can pay your utility for 100% renewable energy, you can install solar panels. Gassers will always pollute (apart from a handful of drivers who can run on recycled vegetable oil).

Look at the UCS report for the US and an ICE has to get quite high mpg in most areas to beat an EV in terms of emissions. Even in the dirtiest part of the grid you need to drive an ICE with about 35mpg. In the cleanest grid it would be over 100mpg.
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Is this going to be sold in the U.S. and, if so, when?

I have written Volvo and gone to a dealer and test drove the XC40 (non-PHEV) and no one can give me a US release date. I have been waiting over a year. It is very frustrating! The car was amazing and had more cargo room than my BMW I3……… still waiting!