The first travel experience in this Volvo XC40 P6 Charging, as it cannot be otherwise, brings us “home”. It was then the city of Guarda, the highest in Portugal, the destination of the first challenge we launched for Volvo’s most affordable tram.
Plus, it’s the same journey we took with the Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge, so we can compare everything step by step.
A challenging ride for the XC40 P6 Recharge
Traveling to the Algarve or Alentejo, the flatness of the ground helps significantly on the consumption of electric vehicles. But as we venture to the sides of the recently battered Serra da Estrela, the conversation is different.
We leave Lisbon, from the Ascendum Auto facilities, towards the city of Guarda. We have more than 300 km of highway ahead of us. The first part of the route is relatively flat, but the entrance to Beira Interior and the climb to 1000m, to the entrance of the city of Guarda, is a challenge. To this we add the reduced aerodynamic capacity of the straight lines of the Volvo XC40 and the cruising speed of 120 km/h that we will maintain.
in our favor, unlike the trip we made with the P8, we have the outside temperature higher this time. For example, the Volvo will use less electrons to try to maintain the optimum temperature of the battery.
Energy is not only spent on making kilometres
Volvo XC40 Recharge uses its own charging system. air conditioning of the car to heat and cool the battery. So even in the background it almost always works. In addition, there is a somewhat high energy consumption by the display and the infotainment system, which partly explains the higher consumption of the Volvo on journeys with very cold or very warm outside temperatures.
What does the on-board computer tell us?
We start by entering our destination on Google Maps integrated in the Volvo XC40 P6 Recharge. Thus, we are immediately alerted to the fact that we need: stop to load before we reach our destination.
The best and possible options are automatically suggested in the system. This is a technology that reduces the weight of travel planning and allows us to live a daily life in an electric car with more normality.
Without deviating from the route, we can recharge in Aveiras or Santarém on the A1, both stations where we would still arrive with enough battery and it would be very inefficient to stop there to recharge. Then we have Abrantes and Fundão on the A23. Ideal would be a stop in Vila Velha de Rodão, but if there is no charging station yet on these sides we will choose Abrantes, an intermediate point of the journey. So we also play it safe (if it is busy or broken, we continue our journey to Fundão, probably already at the limit of the autonomy of the car).
The Volvo XC40 offers a travel of 3h46m, with a 36m stop to load in Abrantes. But it will be?
Lisbon – Abrantes, half way…
We left with the Volvo XC40 P6 Recharge 100% charged and an outside temperature of 26ºC. When we enter the highway, the consumption values quickly rise to the expected values. This is how we arrived at Abrantes with average 20.5 kWh/100km and 51% battery. Not bad after all! Believe me, there are electric cars that are much more wasteful. The on-board computer indicates an average speed of 109 km/h. And 152.5 km of travel is covered.
To cover the rest of the way we have to travel, we charge 23 meters at 47 kW, bringing the battery level to 80%. AND, luckily the only charging station was available! So time to grab a coffee and get to work.
Abrantes – Guarda, we have reached the highest
The increase in the last kilometers of the journey is noticeable in the consumption. That way we arrived in Guarda with 13% battery and a average 22.9 kWh/100 km, which reflects all the steep climbs to get here. We covered 326.8 km, averaging 110 km/h. The journey took a total of 3:30 hours (3:05 hours driving and a total of 25 minutes from the stop to recharge).
With this average we could do with the XC40 P6 Recharge 275 km on the highway, at 120 km/h, with a full charge. Slightly more if the slope of the terrain is more favourable.
How does the Volvo XC40 P6 Recharge compare to the P8 on the highway?
Let’s start with the numbers. Final average of P6 – 22.9 kWh/100 km. The P8 registered 28.7 kWh/100 km. If we do the math, and despite a lower consumption in the P6, we see that with a 65 kWh battery useful in the P6 and a useful 75 kWh in the P8, the highway autonomy of both models is comparable (275 km in the P6 case and 260 km in the P8 case).
Nevertheless, from what we’ve already been able to judge, in mixed driving or around town, the P6’s greater economy seems to give it a greater advantage, despite the lower battery. Let’s take the test and then we’ll tell you everything!
How much was this trip to Guarda in the XC40 P6 Recharge?
The first point is in favor, and like the P8, the Volvo XC40 P6 Recharge also pays class 1 toll. Then, starting with a fully charged battery “at home”, we got a very affordable bill compared to the cost of fossil fuels.
In detail, by 116% battery required for this ride we paid € 6.95 for a full charge at two hourly rates at home, and € 11.98 for an extra 28% at the A23 charging station. And we have 10% battery left.
Here we end up saving against the P8, because we need fewer electrons to make the route. Not counting the toll costs, the costs of this trip in a equivalent combustion vehicle for this Volvo XC40 P6 Recharge it would be an average of € 38.92 for petrol and € 31.21 for diesel.