Volvo EX30 Tested: Is Swift Charging the Game Changer for Electric SUVs?

Discover how the compact yet powerful EX30 stands up to rigorous Supertest standards in terms of charging efficiency and travel readiness.

  • Assessing the Volvo EX30's energy consumption on highway conditions
  • Analyzing rapid charging capabilities and times
  • Exploring convenience factors during long-distance travel
  • Evaluating overall cost-effectiveness of electric vehicle ownership

Compact design meets heavyweight performance

The Volvo EX30, with its 4,23 meters length, might be compact, but it challenges expectations with its performance. Nestled within the ranks of Megane e-Tech, 4, ID.3, and its kin #1, this Swedish automaker's offering brings something unique to the table. Despite its considerable mass and wide tires that could potentially hinder efficiency, the 64 kWh battery ensures a respectable range.

Road behavior assessment

In real-world highway conditions, the Volvo EX30 demonstrated an average range of around 158 miles. While this is not groundbreaking, it is sufficient to keep drivers on the move without frequent stops for recharging. This is especially important when considering that electric vehicle (EV) owners prioritize range and ease of recharging as top concerns.

The charging curve explained

The Volvo EX30 promises a maximum charging power of 155 kW, theoretically allowing for a 10-80% charge in just over 26 minutes. However, our tests yielded consistent results of 28 minutes for the same charge percentage. Despite this slight discrepancy, it still boasts an average power delivery of 102 kW, which outperforms several competitors.

  • 10 to 80% charge time: 28 minutes
  • 80 to 100% charge time: 43 minutes additional
  • Total charging time from 10 to 100%: 71 minutes for a full recharge

Miles gained per minute charged

Drawing from our observed average autonomy on mixed routes and factoring in recharge times, the Volvo EX30 can recover approximately 74 miles in 15 minutes or about 115 miles in half an hour. These figures are competitive with models like e-308 and align closely with those of MG 4 Luxury under similar conditions.

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A closer look at recharging costs

The cost-effectiveness of EV ownership often hinges on recharging expenses. During our tests, fast-charging stations delivered an average of 47.5 kWh, which translates to a cost of $16.53 for a quick recharge (10-80%) at an average price of $0.35/kWh.

  • Rapid DC charging costs per mile: approx. $0.10/mile on highways based on our data.

Journey planning with Volvo EX30's navigation system

The onboard trip planner powered by Google suggests two recharging stops for a journey spanning approximately 310 miles, which aligns with real-world needs given current infrastructure. The planner's estimates were close to our actual experience – we only stopped twice totaling 47 minutes of charging time, just two minutes more than initially predicted by the system.

A fresh contender in the electric SUV space?

The Volvo EX30 enters a relatively competition-free segment with panache. Its attributes – stylish design, compact size coupled with maneuverability and potency – make it a delightful drive. However, some ergonomic complexities and material choices may detract from its appeal. Additionally, its weighty build and oversized tires result in higher-than-ideal energy consumption rates.

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