If like us, you had been trying ahead to the, then we have now some unlucky information for you, and it issues the Recharge’s EPA vary estimate, which it introduced on Tuesday.
What will we imply? Effectively, the EPA gave the Recharge a variety 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. Nonetheless, that mannequin leaves within the vary division too.
Why is it so unhealthy, 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 solution to eat up vary. That form distinction would account for the roughly 11% worse vary than the Polestar.
The remainder of the story is somewhat 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 may see that the real-world vary is significantly better than the estimate — or we may see that the oldsters in Washington had been proper.
Even when issues are higher in follow than they’re on paper, that 208-mile vary determine may be sufficient by itself to trigger clients to look elsewhere. Nonetheless, if the driving dynamics are, then perhaps the additional expense of going to the Recharge over one thing just like the could be value it.
Volvo did not instantly return Roadshow’s request for remark.