What is Volvo Recharge?
Volvo Recharge refers to the luxury automaker’s lineup of plug-in electric hybrid (PHEV) and electric vehicles (EV). Volvo introduced the name when it debuted the new 2021 XC40 Recharge electric SUV, and the company is also applying it as an umbrella concept to its family of PHEVs.
Recharge is different from Polestar, which is the brand Volvo is using to both differentiate performance-tuned PHEVs (Polestar Engineered) and to launch a separate high-end electric vehicle family (Polestar).
Further complicating matters, for the 2020 model year at least, Volvo continues to refer to its PHEV powertrains both as T8 eAWD, which differentiates them from the turbocharged T5 and the turbocharged and supercharged T6 gas engines, and as Twin Engine models. It also calls the XC40 Recharge’s powertrain a P8 AWD.
Yes, it is quite confusing.