While it largely looks like other XC40 crossovers, the Recharge P8 has a range-topping 300kW/660Nm drivetrain.
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UPDATE: The latest local launch times for the XC40 Recharge EV and plug-in hybrid have been added to the bottom of this article.

The Volvo XC40 Recharge, the company's first electric car, was unveiled overnight.

Based on the standard XC40 and its Compact Modular Architecture, there's little to visually differentiate the all-electric Recharge from those with an internal combustion engine.

The most noticeable changes are the closed off grille, new alloy wheel design, Recharge badges, and Recharge lettering on the C-pillar.

The XC40 Recharge P8 has two electric motors for all-wheel drive capability, and a total of 300kW of power and 660Nm of torque at its disposal.

Foot to the floor, the XC40 Recharge is capable of completing the 0-100km/h standard in 4.9 seconds.

The car comes with 78kWh lithium-ion battery pack and an estimated range of 400 kilometres using the WLTP standard. Using a fast charger, Volvo claims the XC40 Recharge can be — sorry — recharged to 80 per cent of capacity in 40 minutes.

During the teaser campaign we've learnt the XC40 Recharge will include a 'frunk' (or storage area under the bonnet), a new Android-based infotainment system with over-the-air updates and app store access, and a new Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS).

Volvo has not provided more details about the infotainment or assisted driving systems.

In a slightly confusing twist, it look as though the Recharge branding, which debuts with the electric XC40, will also be used on the company's existing plug-in hybrid models, such as the XC90 T8.


Volvo Australia has confirmed the electric XC40 will arrive Down Under some time during 2021, while the XC40 T5 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid will be available from around the third quarter of 2020.

UPDATE, November 4 2020: Volvo has now confirmed we can expect the P8 Recharge in Australia from the second half of 2021.