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Volvo XC40 Recharge electric SUV only manages 208 miles of range, EPA says – Roadshow

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It is obtained seems and security, however the Recharge’s vary leaves a lot to be desired.


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If like us, you have been wanting ahead to the all-electric Volvo XC40 Recharge, then we have now some unlucky information for you, and it issues the Recharge’s EPA vary estimate, which it introduced on Tuesday.

What can we imply? Nicely, the EPA gave the Recharge a spread estimate of simply 208 miles. Whereas that would not be horrible by itself, it begins to look a bit grimmer when you think about that the Recharge is packing a reasonably sizable battery — 78 kilowatt-hours, to be exact — and the identical drivetrain because the Polestar 2. Nonetheless, that mannequin leaves something to be desired within the vary division too.

Why is it so dangerous, although? A part of it has to do with the physique form of the XC40. It is much less slippery than the Polestar 2 or Tesla’s Model Y, for instance, and wind resistance is a surefire option to eat up vary. That form distinction would account for the roughly 11% worse vary than the Polestar.

The remainder of the story is a bit of bit murkier. With out having pushed one, it is exhausting to say how shut the EPA estimates are. As we did with Porsche’s Taycan, we might see that the real-world vary is a lot better than the estimate — or we might see that the oldsters in Washington have been proper.

Even when issues are higher in follow than they’re on paper, that 208-mile vary determine is perhaps sufficient by itself to trigger prospects to look elsewhere. Nonetheless, if the driving dynamics are as good as in the ICE-powered XC40, then possibly the additional expense of going to the Recharge over one thing just like the Chevy Bolt could be price it.

Volvo did not instantly return Roadshow’s request for remark.

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