Volvo had announced rear-wheel drive versions, more range and faster charging for electric C40 and XC40 models.

Range is up 41 miles (66km) on some variants.

Three new powertrains are offered on the C40 Recharge and XC40 Recharge. These include two rear wheel drive variants as well as a revised all wheel drive performance model.

The second generation permanent magnet electric motor driving the rear axles was developed in-house.

The single motor RWD with standard range is driven by a 175kW permanent magnet electric motor which provides a 3% increase in power output over the outgoing 170kW single motor, front wheel drive variant.

The same 69kWh battery capacity is carried over but enhancements in cooling efficiency mean it can now deliver increased range and driving up to 286 miles (461km) according to the WLTP test cycle, compared with 264 miles (425km) before (WLTP).

The range of the C40 Recharge single motor, meanwhile, improves up to 296 miles (476km) from 272 miles (438km) (WLTP). A 10-80 per cent charge takes approximately 34 minutes using a 130kW DC public charger.

A larger battery coupled with a more powerful 185kW permanent magnet e-motor RWD is also offered. This second new variant comes with an 82kWh battery pack, which boosts range up to 320 miles (515km) for the XC40 Recharge single motor extended range and up to 331 miles (533km) (WLTP) for the C40 Recharge single motor extended range.

Charging power has improved because the larger battery pack allows for charging at an updated top rate of 200kW DC (previously 150kW DC), while a 10-80 per cent charge takes approximately 28 minutes.

The all wheel drive variants also benefit from these updates, realising even more impressive range improvements. The previous set-up of two 150kW e-motors on the front and rear axles has been replaced by the in-house developed 183kW permanent magnet e-motor on the rear axle and a new 117kW asynchronous electric motor on the front axle.

This new configuration, paired with an 82kWh battery pack and overall efficiency improvements in battery cooling, means the XC40 Recharge Twin Motor AWD can now drive up to 311 miles (500km) on a single charge, a 39 mile (62km) boost over the previous iteration. The range of the C40 Recharge Twin Motor AWD has improved up to 315 miles (507km) from 280 miles (451km) (WLTP).

Exterior updates also help to improve efficiency where possible. A new 19 inch alloy wheel helps to reduce drag through its aerodynamic design.

Separately, plug-in 60 and 90 series hybrid models get a new two-phase on-board charger that allows these models to charge at a faster rate. The new charger almost doubles the maximum charge capability of these cars to 6.4kW.