Volvo Renames EV Series, Dropping ‘Recharge’ Moniker

Revamped XC40 and C40 Models: Welcome the Powerful EX40 and EC40 with 436 hp!

Volvo has been steadily growing its range of vehicles, but this has resulted in a somewhat perplexing portfolio. However, the Swedish automaker has a solution in mind. In the future, their fully electric and plug-in hybrid models will no longer bear the name “Recharge.” The company is simplifying its naming system in order to enhance customer comprehension.

In adherence to the given guidelines, the XC40 Recharge and C40 Recharge have been officially renamed as the EX40 and EC40, respectively. These models now join Volvo’s existing range of electric vehicles, which includes the smaller EX30 crossover, the full-size EX90 SUV, and the China-exclusive EM90 minivan. Alongside this, plug-in hybrid models such as the XC60 Recharge and S60 Recharge will now be identified with a “T6” or “T8” suffix, depending on their combined power output. This naming convention was previously reserved for gasoline-powered vehicles but has been repurposed as part of Volvo’s goal to transition to a fully electric lineup by 2030.

Volvo has recently announced that they will be enhancing the performance of their newly renamed EX40 and EC40 models. This update is available for the dual-motor versions and is being offered as an optional Performance Software Pack in certain markets. With this upgrade, drivers can expect a boost of 34 horsepower, bringing the total to 436 hp. While the exact increase in acceleration has not been disclosed, it is expected to result in faster acceleration. The regular Twin Motor variants can currently reach 62 miles per hour in 4.7 seconds. This upgrade is available for both new car orders and existing owners of the 2024MY XC40 Recharge or C40 models.

In other regions, Volvo is also focusing on its non-electric vehicles. The XC60 and XC90 will benefit from an improved B5 mild-hybrid engine, resulting in reduced emissions. The smaller SUV will now use roughly four percent less fuel, with a corresponding decrease of CO2 emissions by the same amount. Meanwhile, the larger model will see approximately a two percent improvement in fuel efficiency due to a more advanced combustion process.

The XC60 Black Edition, which hit the market last year, was undoubtedly a hit, prompting Volvo to extend the same dark-themed treatment to its other models such as the XC40, EX40, and C40. This trio of Black Edition vehicles boasts sleek black 20-inch wheels, a stunning Onyx Black exterior color, glossy insignia, and alluring dark interiors.

According to Volvo, they have numerous additional electric vehicles in their pipeline, with the ultimate goal of becoming a fully electric brand by the end of the next decade. However, this will be no easy feat, as sales of emission-free cars made up a mere 16 percent of their overall sales in the year 2023. Despite this challenge, they did manage to achieve a new record in the previous year, with a total of 708,716 cars shipped, out of which 113,419 were pure electric vehicles. This represented an impressive 70 percent surge in comparison to their 2022 numbers.

Source: Volvo

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