Volvo continue their gradual progression to electric-only in the UK

The Swedish auto-manufacturer maintain their pledge to produce only EVs by 2030.

The Volvo range in the UK has been updated this week with the C40 Recharge and XC40 Recharge being renamed EC40 and EX40 to fit in with the company’s uniformed nomenclature. The cars, which are officially the 2025 models, have also had their price structures updated; the EC40 starts at £52,555 and has five different OTR prices for its models and the EX40 starts at £45,955 with seven different levels. The Recharge name will also be removed from all PHEV models, and the Ultimate trim level has been renamed to the Ultra. The latter specification level will be available on the XC60 and XC90 with a heated windscreen at no extra cost.

Both of the cars will also be available with a new Single Motor Extended Range powertrain, which has a claimed range of 346 miles in the EC40 and 343 miles in the EX40. The motor puts out 252bhp with 420Nm of torque.

A Performance software update will also be available (optionally), which will increase the maximum power output in the Twin Motor versions from 408bhp to 442bhp – more than a Porsche 911 Carrera!

What do you think of these changes to Volvo’s 2025 model-year lineup? Do you think they add to the process of the brand’s electrification, or they were a bit unnecessary?

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