One of many (most likely unintended) penalties of placing us in a hybrid earlier than the absolutely electrical Volvo C40 Recharge is juxtaposing simply how completely satisfying a quiet, highly effective pure EV powertrain in a premium coupe-crossover may be.
C40 stunning inside and outside
It’s laborious to argue with the wonder and utility of the C40. It’s intuitive. Getting out and in is straightforward, it’s apparent tips on how to work it proper from the beginning. There are not any rattles when slamming the doorways, it’s a stable THOOMP.
The sloping rear roof contrasts with its XC40 cousin’s squared rear and makes this in any other case extraordinarily comparable car look extra like a sports activities automotive.
The trip peak and visibility are stellar. On mountain roads, this factor retains up with German luxurious sedans. Even within the Palm Springs 90 diploma warmth, the glass roof didn’t let in an excessive amount of solar, nevertheless it nonetheless let me know I used to be passing palm timber.
Each C40 on the drive was the Fjord Blue with charcoal/Fjord inside, although there was a silver instance with a plain charcoal inside proven alongside the way in which. With 150kW or simply over 200hp utilized equally to each the back and front wheels, this factor darts off from a cease and is equally adept on the important 55-70mph acceleration.
The Scandinavian inside is a good mixture of luxurious, sport, and minimalism. The recycled supplies felt each bit as polished as suede and leather-based. You’ll by no means know that a big a part of the automotive was water bottles in a previous life.
Android for Cars middle stack
Volvo and Polestar’s use of Android for Cars is many hits with just a few misses. If you wish to use voice to regulate your music, maps, and even automotive features like HVAC, there isn’t a greater possibility on the market than Google’s system. Google Maps can also be the gold customary in mapping and discovering locations like eating places and resort choices. Google even has charging stations by velocity and vendor obtainable, and it’ll inform you how a lot cost you’ll use throughout a visit. It’s the greatest system I’ve used.
However if you truly do want to make use of the middle show, it’s a bit small at 9 inches diagonal. And, in my expertise, it appeared only a slight bit laggy. I additionally had hassle signing into my Google account, which might have given me a extra customized expertise. Moreover, whereas mapping, I want to see the Spotify tune or podcast app I’m listening to. The upside is that almost all of those shortcomings, display measurement however, are fixable by way of over-the-air updates. Google has been extra aggressive than typical automotive firms about Android updates.
Volvo C40 Security
Volvos are in fact recognized for his or her security, and fortunately, I didn’t get to check out the crashworthiness of the C40 on my drive. The Volvo C40 Recharge nonetheless has earned 2022 IIHS High Security Decide Plus Honors with security options, together with a velocity cap in vehicles, run-off street safety, and redesigned superior driver help methods (ADAS).
The Frunk is what I’d name mid-sized at .7 Cubic toes and there’s loads of room for stuff like a charging cable (pictured beneath) or repair a flat package. It additionally makes good safe storage for laptops luggage and purses. As a result of it has a double door, and opening it isn’t as straightforward or apparent, I don’t assume many individuals will use this for groceries.
Volvo C40 off street
With these huge tires and 7 inches of floor clearance, it was too tempting to go off street, and the chance introduced itself at Joshua Tree. Off the overwhelmed path there was a one-mile filth street to a landmark. These huge tires, AWD, 400+hp, and floor clearance together with MacPherson entrance suspension all present for a really wholesome trip. If I’m Volvo, I’m including an off-road element (in addition to quick charging instance) to future media drives.
About that Volvo C40 Vary
I don’t perceive how this automotive solely will get 226 miles of vary on the EPA scale with a 75kWh battery. I requested round what the deal was and nobody appeared to have a solution. The C40 and all of Volvo’s vehicles use a warmth pump (as you’d count on from a Swedish firm) for environment friendly heating and cooling, in order that’s not the issue.
The automotive rides excessive, has massive 20″ wheels, and doesn’t look terribly wind resistant. However it doesn’t appear any worse than the Ford Mustang or Hyundai Ioniq 5, which each are available in with nearer to 300-mile ranges. A Tesla Mannequin Y with the same battery pack is listed with 100 extra miles of vary, however Tesla’s estimates are… optimistic. A designer was made obtainable for the occasion, however he wasn’t conscious of what the C40 Recharge’s coefficient of drag was.
Maybe Volvo makes use of an inefficient inverter/motor mixture?
Anecdotally, I drove an hour from Palm Springs to Joshua Tree, which is uphill at round 75 miles per hour (or extra) with the AC cranked, and I used to be truly gaining miles of vary as I went up, so I’m going to go forward and say that Volvo is being extraordinarily conservative with its vary estimates.
That stated, and naming each EV “Recharge” apart, I believe Volvo has an issue right here. In case you are two comparable EVs and one has a 50-100 mile longer vary, it’s laborious to even contemplate the C40 or the XC40, which has an excellent worse vary. It isn’t simply vary both, it’s charging velocity. The C40’s 150kW charging velocity is respectable, however a 38kWh half cost will solely get you 113 miles within the Volvo vs 165 miles within the Mannequin Y. That implies that each cease is longer and there might be much more of them on journeys.
Volvo would most likely counter with the truth that most individuals don’t drive 226 miles in per week, not to mention a day, and that’s completely true. However for journeys and individuals who stay in cities with road parking, residences, or condos with out entry to charging, solely having the ability to fill to 226 miles is a reasonably large draw back for a $60,000 automotive.
Volvo C40 Recharge Worth and FWD possibility
As of now, there aren’t a ton of choices for the Volvo C40 within the US. There’s one physique fashion, seven colours, and two variations on the Charcoal inside, with Fjord Blue Microtech obtainable in some colours. That’s just about it. In different markets, a decrease energy FWD model is on the market at a lower cost, and that variant will seemingly come to the US.
Due to this, the pricing is fairly easy: $59,845 earlier than any tax rebates or subsidies.
Volvo C40 Specs:
- 300kW (2x150kW) or 402 hp
- Torque: 660nm
- 0-60mph: 4.7 seconds, 0-100kmh: 4.9 seconds
- High velocity: 112mph/180kmh
- 78 kWh capability (75 kWh usable)
- Constructed up of 27 modules, every containing 12 lithium-ion cells (324 whole cells)
- Configured in three parallel related stacks (every containing 108 serial-connected 3.7V battery cells)
- Whole 370-450V voltage span
- 11kW onboard charger for house/in a single day charging
- 150kW DC Quick Charging. 40 minutes 0-80%
- 226 Miles EPA or 437km WLTP
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