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The Swedish automaker Volvo announced a substantial increased to the WLTP range and improved charging capabilities on the XC40 Recharge and C40 Recharge models. This has resulted in an up to 60 kilometres distance gain on certain versions.

The C40 Recharge and XC40 Recharge now come with three all-new powertrains, including two rear-wheel-drive options for the first time in 25 years. Additionally, an enhanced all-wheel-drive performance model is available.

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Volvo has achieved a new milestone with the introduction of their second-generation permanent magnet electric motor, which powers the C40 and XC40 models. This advanced motor has been entirely developed in-house at Volvo Cars.

“These updates are another big step in our work towards becoming a fully electric car maker by 2030,” said Javier Varela, our chief operating officer and deputy chief executive. “Range and charging times are new key factors for more and more of our customers, and these improvements make our fully electric models even more attractive than they already were.”

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Starting with the two new rear-wheel drive powertrain options. The single motor featuring conventional range is powered by a 175kW permanent magnet electric motor (e-motor), improving output by three per cent above the prior 170kW single-motor front-wheel drive option.

The C40 Recharge single motor offers an increased range of up to 476 kilometres (WLTP), compared to the previous version of 438 kilometres. Taking only 34 minutes with a 130kW DC public charger, it can be brought from 10-80 percent charge.

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All-wheel drive variants have seen further improvements, thanks to a replacement of the previous two 150kW e-motors on the front and rear axles. Our in-house developed 183kW permanent magnet e-motor on the rear axle coupled with a new 117kW asynchronous electric motor on the front has enabled greater range.

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