Volvo XC40 Recharge with Type 2 EV Charging Connector

Volvo XC40 Recharge


The Volvo XC40 Recharge has a 78 kWh battery, powering it to a real world range of 237 miles. It features the CCS charging standard, which means it has a combined AC and DC inlet port. Home charging uses the top portion of the inlet, which is for the Type 2 connector, as well as for public slow charging and fast-AC charge points. Rapid DC charging uses both the top and bottom section of the inlet. Rapid DC charging is only possible at public EV charging stations. The Volvo XC40 Recharge`s charging inlet can be found on the left side - rear. 

Slow / Fast: Type 2 Rapid: CCS
Max AC 1-phase rate: 7.4 kW
Max AC 3-phase rate: 11 kW
Max DC rate: 151 kW


The Volvo XC40 Recharge is capable of various charge speeds, including slow, fast, and rapid charging at public charge points (note: rapid charging is subject to network availability). Slow charging occurs via a 3-pin-to-Type 2 cable, while fast charging will require a Type 2-to-Type 2 cable, one of which may be included with your vehicle when first purchased. Rapid charging requires the vehicle to be connected to a tethered CCS connector (meaning it is part of the charging unit). 

To charge your Volvo XC40 Recharge, either on AC or DC, the driver will plug the connector into the inlet. The car communicates with the charging unit to ensure that the connection is not faulty, verify the power supply, and that it is safe to begin charging. Home chargers/workplace chargers will not require any additional actions, the vehicle will begin charging automatically. 

On the other hand, public chargers will require an activation process – this may be in the form of an RFID card or app. Alternatively, pay-as-you-go chargers would require the user to present their contactless card. The vehicle will start charging automatically, after verifying connectivity and account checks. 

 How long does it take to charge a Volvo XC40 Recharge? 

The Volvo XC40 Recharge features a 1-phase 7.4 kW onboard charger for Type 2 AC charging. The on-board charger may have a higher, 3-phase capability but this is not useful when charging at home, because the vast majority of household electrical supply’s are 1-phase. Connecting to a fast charger that has an output higher than 7.4 kW is not a problem, however, the Volvo XC40 Recharge will only be able to charge at up to 7.4 kW. The following table shows approximate time to charge an Volvo XC40 Recharge, which accepts power up to 151 kW DC and 7.4 kW AC. Times are for a 100% charge for all but rapid charging, which is quoted for 0-80% as most rapid chargers reduce or cut power well before 100% charge to protect the battery and maximize efficiency.

Rapid 100kW

Rapid 50kW

Fast 22kW

Fast 7.4kW

Slow 3kW

20 minutes

60 minutes

7 hours

11 hours

21 hours


Furthermore, please note that figures shown above are a guide. There are a variety of factors that may impact the charging time for your Volvo XC40 Recharge – for starters, charging from 0% should be a very rare occurrence, meaning charge times are not entirely indicative. Other factors include temperature, current charge in the vehicle, as well as safety restrictions mentioned above which protect your battery life. 

Costs of charging a Volvo XC40 Recharge: 

Costs for charging a Volvo XC40 Recharge, with a standard 78 kWh battery, are shown in the table below. Please note that these figures are estimates and depend on factors such as battery capacity and health, age of the battery, and current remaining charge. They also assume a standard tariff of 28p/kWh for home charging and 44p/kWh for public network chargers.

 Type Avg. Cost to Charge Cost per mile
Home £22.52 9.5p
Public Rapid £35.38 14.93p

Public-network charging for Volvo XC40 Recharge:

Public EV charge points are widely available in the UK. Some charge points are free to use, however, most require payment. Payment method varies between networks, however most require an account to be set up before use, with access being provided through either an app or RFID card provided by the network. 

Recently, networks have begun installing contactless card readers, meaning some charge points may not require an account and app/RFID card to be used. 

Charging tariffs are comprised of a connection fee (usually a flat rate), cost per charging time, and/or cost per energy consumed. 

Home Charging for Volvo XC40 Recharge:

The Volvo XC40 Recharge features a Type 2 connector, meaning you will need a Type 2 home charge point, or a 3-pin-to-Type 2 cable. Vorsprung offers the following solutions:

The Vorsprung Smart WallBox Type 2 is a tethered charge point for your home, with an output of 7.4kW at 32A. The Smart Wallbox features an app that connects to your charge point, allowing for scheduled charging, different charge modes, and more! 

The Vorsprung Wallbox Type 2 features all the same features with the key exception of the app integration. Simple and straightforward, it is a plug-and-play solution.

The Vorsprung Untethered Socket is a Type 2 socket – this solution is great for those who already have a cable, or those who charge on public networks frequently, as it allows for you to use one cable for both public and home charge points. The Vorsprung Untethered Socket outputs up to 7.4kW. 

The Vorsprung 3-Pin to Type 2 Charger is the traditional home-charger solution – simply plug it in to your standard UK-3-Pin outlet! The Vorsprung 3-Pin to Type 2 Charger features an amperage selector, meaning you can choose between 6A through 13A for charging.  

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