Volvo Cars decides to streamline model names, announces upgrades

By CARSIFU | 21 February 2024

GOTHENBURG: Volvo Cars is changing the way it names its electric cars.

Its popular XC40 Recharge and C40 Recharge models will now be known as the EX40 and EC40 respectively, aligning with Volvo's other fully electric offerings: the EX30, EX90, and EM90. The name change aims to simplify the lineup for consumers and distinguish between fully electric and hybrid models.

The decision to rename the electric models reflects Volvo's commitment to electric vehicle production. In 2023, fully electric cars accounted for 16% of the company's global sales volumes, marking a substantial 70% increase from the previous year.

With the introduction of the EX30, EX90, and EM90 models this year, Volvo's fully electric portfolio will expand to five models, with plans for additional releases in the future.

Additionally, Volvo is removing the "Recharge" badging from its plug-in hybrid models, which will now be identified by the T6 or T8 suffix indicating different power outputs. This change aims to further clarify the distinction between fully electric and hybrid offerings.

To enhance performance, Volvo is introducing a new Performance software pack for the EX40 and EC40 Twin Motor variants, boosting power output by 25kW for faster acceleration. This upgrade also includes unique pedal mapping and a specialised "Performance" drive mode.

Volvo is also investing in improvements for its hybrid products, with B5 mild hybrid petrol variants of the XC60 and XC90 expected to see reductions in CO2 emissions and improvements in fuel economy.

To round off, Volvo is introducing a special Black Edition of the EX40, EC40, and XC40 models, featuring distinctive aesthetic enhancements and advanced technology such as Google integration and ample interior storage.

Volvo said the electric variants will offer electric ranges of up to 583km for the EC40 and 576km for the EX40, making them attractive options for environmentally conscious consumers.

Volvo targets to become a fully electric car manufacturer by 2030.