Volvo Changes Its Car Names For The Electric Era

In the name of “streamlining and standardizing its model names for fully electric cars,” Volvo has changed a bunch of its model names. For example, the XC40 and C40 Recharge models see new names: the EX40 and EC40, respectively. The changes only apply to electrified models, as gas ones will keep their names. Volvo has also decided to ditch the “Recharge” name from its plug-in hybrid lineup. Now, these will be denoted as T6 or T8 indicating their respective power output levels. Volvo says the move in nomenclature is supposed to make it easier for customers to figure out which models are electric and which are hybrids, as the “E” prefix implies.

Volvo has also announced a new Performance software package for the EX40 and EC40 Twin Motor models. The 33-horsepower (25 kw) bump in power comes with its own Performance driving mode and new pedal feel tweaks. This brings the total output for each to 435 horsepower. The software will also be offered as an upgrade via the Volvo Cars app for previous model year C40 and XC40 Recharge owners.

Other news from Volvo includes a new Black Edition for the EX40, EC40, and XC40. The changes mirror those introduced in the XC60 Black Edition last year with Onyx Black paint, badging, and 20-inch wheels alongside a choice of black leather or leatherette interior trimmings.

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Chase Bierenkoven
Chase Bierenkoven

Chase is an automotive journalist with years of experience in the industry. He writes for outlets like Edmunds and AutoGuide, among many others. When not writing, Chase is in front of the camera over at The Overrun, his YouTube channel run alongside his friend and co-host Jobe Teehan. If he's not writing reviews of the latest in cars or producing industry coverage, Chase is at home in the driver's seat of his own (usually German) sports cars.

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