Volvo Chief Technology Officer Henrik Green used learnings from the success of the Tesla Model 3 to influence their decision on battery size for Volvo’s new XC40 Recharge electric vehicle, according to Automotive News Europe.
Volvo opted for a 78 kWh battery for the XC40 Recharge rather than one in the 60s kWh range that they had previously planned for. This higher number is in line with the Tesla Model 3 75 kWh long-range package.
This 78 kWh battery will equate to over 400 kilometers or 200 miles in the US (no official EPA rating yet). This is notably lower than the 322 miles touted by Tesla for their long-range Model 3.
Estimating consumer needs is difficult, especially for a company like Volvo which has been slow to market with a good selection of electric vehicles.
Volvo higher-ups made the right choice looking to one of the most popular electric vehicles among consumers, the Tesla Model 3, for inspiration for battery size for their new EV. Since the XC40 Recharge and the Tesla Model 3 are in different size classes, the former a crossover SUV and the latter a sedan, these two electric vehicles are not comparable apples-to-apples but they do target a similar consumer.