Volvo Introduced The Electric EX40 and EC40

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Volvo has unveiled the latest updates to its electric crossover lineup, rebranding the XC40 Recharge and C40 Recharge as the EX40 and EC40 respectively. These changes coincide with enhancements to the twin motor powertrain and the introduction of sleek Black Edition trims.

Volvo EC40

The decision to rename the models aligns the EX40 and EC40 with Volvo's broader fully electric lineup, which includes the EX30, EX90, and EM90. This move aims to streamline Volvo's electric offerings, facilitating clearer differentiation from their internal combustion engine (ICE) counterparts. As part of this adjustment, plug-in hybrid variants of the XC40 now bear the straightforward monikers T6 and T8, shedding the "Recharge" branding.

Beyond mere cosmetic adjustments, the EX40 and EC40 Twin Motor variants receive substantial performance upgrades. The implementation of the new Performance software pack boosts power by 34 hp, accompanied by revised pedal mapping for enhanced accelerator response. A dedicated "Performance" driving mode unlocks the full potential of the 436 hp power output. Moreover, Volvo plans to extend this upgrade to select 2024 models through an optional over-the-air software update.

Volvo EX40

For enthusiasts of the striking XC60 Black Edition aesthetic, Volvo now offers the same treatment for the XC40, EX40, and EC40 models. The Onyx Black exterior hue is complemented by high gloss black badging and matching finishes on the 20-inch five-spoke alloy wheels. Inside, Black Edition variants boast either microtech or textile charcoal upholstery, all equipped as standard with built-in Google functionality.

Reaffirming its commitment to electric mobility, Volvo is steadfast in its goal to transition to an all-electric automaker by 2030. Electric vehicles (EVs) accounted for 16 percent of Volvo's global sales volume last year, marking a significant 70 percent year-on-year increase. This figure is poised to rise further in 2024, buoyed by the impending launches of new EV models. In addition to the existing EX30, EX40, EC40, EX90, and EM90, Volvo pledges the introduction of "several more new models" to bolster its zero-emission lineup in the coming years.

Volvo EC40 interior

In a bid to enhance sustainability across its lineup, Volvo has also introduced a more efficient mild-hybrid gasoline engine option for the B5 trims of the XC60 and XC90. This enhancement translates to a notable reduction in CO2 emissions and a 4 percent and 2 percent improvement in fuel efficiency for the respective models.

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