After announcing last week the Volvo XC40 Recharge had officially started production, the EPA has now released the range rating for the electric SUV.
The new EV is based on the same Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform as the Polestar 2, which also received its official EPA rating this week. And much like the disappointing range achieved by the Polestar 2, the XC40 fared even worse in EPA testing.
According to the EPA, new owners of the XC40 Recharge can expect to get only 208 miles (334km) from the 78kWh battery pack.
That’s 25 miles (40km) less than the Polestar 2 with the same battery. You might at first attribute the lower range to the less aerodynamic shape of the XC40 Recharge SUV compared to the Polestar 2 sedan. That is until you look at the Tesla Model Y and its smaller 75kWh battery, and its range is a staggering 108 miles (173km) less.
The low range is due to the very high consumption, which the EPA says works out to 427Wh/mi (265Wh/km) in combined city and highway driving. For comparison, the Model Y’s efficiency comes in at 278Wh/mi (172Wh/km).
European customers are expected to receive the electric XC40 Recharge later this month, with North American deliveries starting soon after. You can still order one, but there will be a bit of a wait as Volvo says all units slated for 2020 production are already accounted for.