For the First Time in 25 Years, Volvo is Manufacturing Rear-wheel Drive Automobiles

What Are Electric Car Batteries Made Of? A Surprising Answer

The S90 was the last rear-wheel-drive Volvo vehicle to leave the factory, and that was 25 years ago. It’s now 2023, and Volvo is bringing sideways back. There will be electricity because it is 2023, sort of.

The front-wheel-drive XC40 Recharge and C40 Recharge EVs switch to rear-wheel-drive, powered by a single, slightly more potent electric motor that produces 235bhp (175kW), as opposed to the 170kW of the outgoing FWD car.

The XC40 Recharge’s range increases from 264 miles to 286 miles (WLTP), which is a sizable increase considering the battery is the same size at 69 kWh.

Even more progress has been made with the C40 Recharge, which now has a range of 296 miles, up from the previous 272 miles. Innit, the shape is slicker. According to Volvo, it takes just 34 minutes to fully recharge a 130kW DC public charger from zero to eighty percent.


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