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Volvo’s new electric XC40 is an attractive and powerful analog of its conventional XC40 compact crossover, albeit one with modest range.

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You’ll be forgiven for mistaking Volvo’s first fully electric vehicle, the XC40 Recharge P8, for a regular XC40 crossover—until you see it rocket away from a green light.

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The Volvo XC40 Recharge is EPA rated at 208 miles of range from its 75-kWh battery and two electric motors. The battery can charge from zero to 80 percent in around 40 minutes at a DC fast-charging station.

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The Recharge looks almost exactly like its gas-powered twin, but you can distinguish the EV by its closed grille and model-specific badging.

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The Recharge has a vertically oriented touchscreen infotainment system, familiar to us from other Volvos, and is equipped with Google Voice Assistant.

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Standard active safety equipment includes blind-spot monitoring, collision warning, and collision avoidance.

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The XC40 Recharge has the same amount of space for passengers and for cargo as does the gas-powered XC40, thanks to a modular architecture that was designed with electrification in mind.

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Our test car came packed with options, including adaptive cruise control, surround-view cameras, an upgraded Harman Kardon sound system, a wireless charging pad, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel.

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The standard interior is all black, but the bold orange carpet we appreciate in the gas-powered XC40 is also an option in this electric model.

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In addition to the cargo space behind the second row, there is a small amount of storage space in the front of the car under the hood.

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A panoramic roof with a powered sliding sunshade is standard in the XC40 Recharge.

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If you’re interested in the XC40 Recharge but like your cars a little sleeker, Volvo is on the verge of releasing the C40, a crossover-coupe EV.

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