Electric cars are greener than internal combustion engine vehicles by a number of key measures, with the exception of the carbon intensity of the manufacturing process. Be part of the electric movement like many others by joining the Clive Brook Volvo family. With Co2 emissions of 55g/km or less, our plug-in hybrid are the perfect car for anyone looking of ways to help save our planet.
A pure electric vehicle is powered by a battery which is charged at an electric charging point. This battery typically powers either one or two electric motors, which propel the car.
The upcoming pure electric Volvo XC40 Recharge has a 78kWh battery, and is expected to achieve a range of up to 200 miles on the WLTP and EPA driving cycles. However, the range you will achieve on a single charge depends on several factors including your driving style, the outdoor temperature, and which electrical functions you are using, such as air conditioning and the multimedia system.
You can maximise the pure electric XC40 Recharge’s range by pre-conditioning it while it’s charging, so that the cabin is at the perfect temperature before you set off. Of course, with many workplaces and public spaces having charging points now, you should be able to easily charge your vehicle during the day.
The length of time it takes to charge your pure electric XC40 Recharge depends on the equipment you’re using. The standard charging cable that connects to your household sockets is not recommended for regular charging, as to charge from empty to 80% will take between 30-55 hours.
Naturally a shorter charging time is desirable, so we recommend investing in a home wallbox. This is an 11kW, 32A installation that means your Volvo will charge from empty to 80% in around 5.5 hours, or 37 miles of range per hour. Wallboxes are currently subsidised by the government, meaning you’ll get a £350 grant towards the cost.
When charging away from home, you will likely need to top up the battery for a shorter period. Many public car parks and workplaces now have chargers where you can do this. On longer trips, you may choose to use a rapid charging point. These 150kW DC stations can charge the battery from 10% to 80% in approximately 40 minutes.
Charging times do, of course, depend on external factors such as outdoor temperature and battery temperature.
The cost of electricity depends on local conditions, but generally charging your electric vehicle is cheaper than the cost of petrol or diesel. For the cheapest electricity, you can set your XC40 Recharge to charge at night when tariffs are lower.
Yes – with a projected range of up to 200 miles on the WLTP and EPA driving cycles, the pure electric XC40 Recharge can achieve long distance journeys without the worry of running out of charge. If you need to charge during the journey, you can use an AC charging point or a rapid charging (DC) station. The latter will top the battery up from 10% to 80% in around 40 minutes, or approximately 62 miles of range in 10 minutes.
All electric and hybrid vehicles undergo the same rigorous testing procedures as petrol and diesel cars. Euro NCAP is the independent testing body for vehicle safety in Europe, and all Volvo models have received the highest scores in their respective tests. Thanks to the advanced measures installed in the XC40 Recharge, it’s one of the safest electric cars on the road.