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Volvo has revealed early particulars for revamped single-motor variations of its most inexpensive EVs, the XC40 Recharge and C40 Recharge crossovers, which haven’t been provided within the U.S.

Each autos get some basic adjustments beneath. Till now they’ve include front-wheel drive. Now, by switching that single-motor structure to rear-wheel drive as an alternative, and adopting a brand new motor, vary and effectivity have been boosted by a major quantity. 

Volvo says that these autos mark the primary time the model has provided a rear-wheel-drive variant in 25 years. 

Revamped 2023 Volvo C40 Recharge (international spec)

Revamped 2023 Volvo C40 Recharge (worldwide spec)

The brand new motor, which makes 248 hp with the bigger 78-kwh (usable) battery that U.S. fashions have obtained to this point, has been developed in-house at Volvo Vehicles, in keeping with the automaker.

Volvo notes that 0-62 mph acceleration for the only motor stays at 7.4 seconds versus official 4.9- and 4.7-second instances for the twin-motor XC40 and C40, respectively. The highest pace can be unchanged at 112 mph.

These Volvo EVs stay on the corporate’s CMA platform, with some parts shared with the Polestar 2—though Polestar is shifting to its personal propulsion parts. Volvo’s then-CTO Henrik Inexperienced tipped Inexperienced Automobile Studies to the concept that Volvo had the pliability to make both of those fashions front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive. No less than for now, single-motor variations of the Polestar 2 have front-wheel drive.

Preliminary specs for revamped 2024 Volvo XC40, C40 - Volvo Cars

Preliminary specs for revamped 2024 Volvo XC40, C40 – Volvo Vehicles

Twin-motor all-wheel-drive variations of the XC40 Recharge and C40 Recharge are additionally getting an replace, that includes a 245-hp model of this motor on the rear wheels, plus a brand new 157-hp induction motor on the entrance wheels. With enhancements in battery cooling, new low-drag wheels, and different enhancements, potential U.S. variations of the single-motor XC40 would possibly obtain a 270-mile EPA vary, whereas the C40 bumps that as much as 275 miles. 

Revamped 2023 Volvo XC40 Recharge (international spec)

Revamped 2023 Volvo XC40 Recharge (worldwide spec)

Volvo Vehicles USA couldn’t but touch upon the timeline of those fashions, but it surely emphasizes that these aren’t official EPA numbers.

The autos will cost quicker, too. DC quick charging energy has been boosted to 200 kw in fashions with that bigger battery pack, and Volvo says {that a} 10-80% cost takes about 28 minutes.

Volvo famous how these adjustments evaluate to the “outgoing mannequin 12 months.” At the moment, 2023 model-year variations of those autos are being bought within the U.S., so anticipate this vary enhance for the 2024 mannequin 12 months.

With rear-wheel drive and extra vary, when will single-motor variations of those Volvo EVs be more likely to arrive within the U.S., relatively than solely dual-motor variations? Volvo hasn’t mentioned but, however contemplating how necessary EV vary is, place your bets on quickly.

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