First look: 2022 Volvo XC60 Recharge PHEV boosted to 35 EV miles

First look: 2022 Volvo XC60 Recharge PHEV boosted to 35 EV miles


Volvo flew us out to sunny Palm Springs to check the comparatively new C40 BEV. However the Gothenburg, Sweden-based firm couldn’t assist however give us a fast drive within the larger XC60 Recharge plug-in hybrid whereas we waited. The mid-sized SUV acquired a pleasant improve this yr to 35 miles of all-electric driving in its ‘Pure’ mode. That places it into our “in the event you can commute with out utilizing gasoline, it’s an EV” class, however that wasn’t the one enchancment…

Volvo XC60 Recharge electrical improve

The $55,000 2022 XC60 Recharge acquired a notable battery and EV powertrain improve over the earlier fashions. Up from round 19 miles of all-EV vary, the 35 miles within the 2022 model represents a commendable complete. The typical American commute is beneath 30 miles spherical journey.

The battery goes from 11.6 kWh (9.1 kWh usable) to 18.7 kWh (14.8 kWh usable). The larger battery permits Volvo to qualify for the complete $7500 US tax credit score (vs. $5500 final yr). As you may think, you possibly can cost the battery in a single day on a degree 1 charger or in three to 4 hours utilizing a degree 2 charger. There isn’t a CCS combo DC quick charging possibility right here.

The electrical motor additionally lept from 87 hp to a big 142 hp. Meaning in “Pure” electric-only mode, you possibly can drive round fairly effectively together with freeway speeds and past. I used to be in a position to simply sustain with site visitors whereas climbing the steep grade to the scenic Coachella overlook on EV alone.

As an alternative of complicating issues, Volvo makes use of a 313 hp T8 gasoline motor on the entrance wheels and places the electrical motor between the rear wheels. That theoretically signifies that if one powertrain breaks, the opposite can limp you house. The batteries reside alongside the middle of the automobile the place an axle can be in an AWD ICE automobile so there isn’t a lot, if any, loss in house from the ICE model. There’s a huge honking ICE motor within the entrance, nevertheless, so there’s no frunk house to talk of.

Enable me a slight digression:

If I’m designing this automotive from scratch and it needs to be a PHEV, I’d reverse the ability output of the EV and ICE. As an alternative of two/3rds of the ability coming from ICE and 1/third of Electrical, I’d do the other. Go for a smaller, extra environment friendly 150 hp ICE motor which might serve principally as a backup generator. Then with the assets saved, double the horsepower within the EV powertrain together with a 50+ mile battery. That means, you not solely get to drive round city twice as far in Pure mode, however you additionally get extra EV energy and the gasoline engine solely kicks in on lengthy freeway drives the place output is extra sustained.

Volvo XC60 PHEV is smart within the close to time period

There’s a college of thought that when the provision of batteries is constrained (which it at the moment is and within the close to future appears to be), the very best use of these restricted batteries is placing them in as many vehicles as doable. As an alternative of 1 BEV getting 80kWh of battery, 4 vehicles might get 20kWh of battery, and theoretically, you’d have 4 vehicles commuting 40 miles a day on all-electric as a substitute of 1. Positive, all 4 vehicles would wish to make use of gasoline on longer journeys however these theoretically are few and much between. General, you get extra EV miles with 4 PHEVs than one BEV and three ICE vehicles whereas batteries are constrained. On this state of affairs, you’d go from 25% of miles on one EV and three ICE vehicles to someplace round 75% with 4 PHEVs. Simply one thing to consider.

A take a look at Volvo XC60 Recharge Powertrain:

Volvo XC60 Recharge Powertrain

Google-based maps and leisure

The XC60 Recharge additionally good points entry to Volvo’s Google-based heart stack OS, which excels in voice instructions and mapping. Google additionally offers entry to completely different music platforms like Youtube Music, Spotify, and extra. You may also do CarPlay and Android Auto on high of that, and every little thing sounds wonderful over the Bowers & Wilkins speaker system.

Utilizing voice to speak with the automotive is a game-changer for ease and security, and with Google’s greatest in school voice recognition, the automotive is horrifying good at recognizing what you might be saying, or what you are attempting to say.

The 12-inch heart display screen nevertheless isn’t notably huge, so discovering menu gadgets can generally be distracting. Fortunately most of what you’ll need to do might be finished by way of voice or be seen on the behind-the-wheel display screen or the good heads-up show.

Nonetheless, Google’s maps are the gold normal, and having them splayed out throughout two screens makes following instructions a breeze.

One pedal driving

Most EVs have some type of one pedal driving however the earlier XC60 Recharge didn’t. This yr the XC60 will get that in hybrid kind. Double click on into drive and also you’ll be in “B” mode, and the regen is robust. For the file, I feel this ought to be the default mode on EVs and I’ve voiced my frustration with different automobiles that do the double click on into one pedal driving just like the Chevy Bolt. At the very least give us the choice of 1 pedal being default in settings?

So far as the braking energy, it’s spectacular. Solely utilizing the rear wheels, it could possibly come to an entire cease pretty rapidly and powers up the batteries to take action. One added advantage of utilizing regenerative brakes is that there’s much less put on and tear on the standard resistance brakes. Meaning much less brake mud and fewer brake pad replacements over the lifetime of the automotive.

Electrek’s take

Coloration me impressed. It is a plug-in hybrid I’d suggest to anybody who desires to dip their toes into the electrical world however is simply too afraid to go away gasoline behind for one cause or one other. The automotive is solidly constructed, has a wonderful EV-only vary at 35 miles (greater than the typical American places on their automotive each day), and is sort of roomy and comfy for a mid-sized SUV with two powertrains.

Would I purchase this for myself?


I’m a decade into pure EV possession and carrying across the inside combustion powertrain appears redundant at this level. However I’m possible an outlier. The truth is that many individuals aren’t able to make the leap to a full EV and the Volvo XC60 Recharge is a superb gateway drug on the best way to pure EV bliss.

The Google-based infotainment is nice, as are the inside house, styling, and driving dynamics together with energetic chassis with self-adapting air suspension for all wheels. The 2022 XC60 Recharge is a snug, enjoyable, and fascinating drive.

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December 2022