Volvo renames XC40 Recharge as EX40 and adds more power

Volvo has renamed two of its electric models to help make its line-up easier for customers to understand.

The XC40 Recharge and C40 Recharge have been renamed as EX40 and EC40 to bring them in line with Volvo’s other electric models and differentiate them from its petrol hybrid cars.

It means by the end of 2024 Volvo’s all-electric line-up will consist of the EX30, EX40, EC40, EX90 and EM90.

The XC40 name is being retained for the petrol-powered version of the car but the Recharge tag, which confusingly used to be added to both EV and PHEV versions, has been dropped from it and all other plug-in cars in the Volvo range.

Björn Annwall, chief commercial officer and deputy CEO of Volvo Cars said: “By aligning our trailblazing first electric models with the rest of our electric car portfolio, we simplify choice for consumers as we continue to electrify our line-up and refresh our hybrids.”

Along with the new, the EX40 and EC40 are in line for performance upgrades too via a software pack for twin motor variants. The Performance software pack increases power by 34bhp for faster acceleration and includes unique pedal mapping for quicker throttle response. It also brings a ‘Performance’ drive mode to unlock the full 436bhp.

The software will be offered as an optional upgrade pack on new orders, while drivers of previous model-year 2024 C40 and fully electric XC40 Recharge will have the option to add it via over-the-air updates in certain markets.

The new EX40 and EC40 will also be offered in Black Edition trim with Onyx Black paint, high-gloss black badging, 20-inch five-spoke alloy wheels in high-gloss black, and the choice between microtech or textile charcoal interiors.

Volvo plans to be an EV-only brand by 2030. By the end of 2024 it will offer five fully electric models, with several more new models due in the coming years.

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Matt Allan

Matt is Editor of EV Powered. He has worked in journalism for more than 20 years and been an automotive journalist for the last decade, covering every aspect of the industry, from new model reveals and reviews to consumer and driving advice. The former motoring editor of, The Scotsman and National World, Matt has watched the EV landscape transform beyond recognition over the last 10 years and developed a passion for electric vehicles and what they mean for the future of transport - from the smallest city cars to the biggest battery-powered trucks. When he’s not driving or writing about electric cars, he’s figuring out how to convert his classic VW camper to electric power.