Before the world seriously believed that electric cars were the future, each car brand had its own engine development department. Volvo developed its own combustion engines, but when the rapid transition to electricity took the industry to bed, the car manufacturer had to act quickly, and therefore electric motors and other components were bought in “off the shelf”.
Off-the-shelf solutions often come with compromises. In the “old” XC40 and C40, it was noticeable through front-wheel drive and slightly higher consumption, as a result of the drivetrain itself and the car’s air resistance – they were built as petrol cars and converted to electric cars. Now four years later, they have had time to do what they wanted to do from the beginning.
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