The arrival of the Volvo Recharge brand for Electric cars also heralds new naming for Volvo’s models with ‘T’. P’ and ‘B’ models.
The arrival of the electric Volvo XC40 last week – to be specific, the Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge – heralds the arrival of the ‘Recharge’ badge for Volvo’s cars with electrification, but it also means changes to familiar Volvo model designations.
If you are at all familiar with Volvo’s models, you’ll know that the letter in front of the number – like T5 or D4 – denotes whether it’s a petrol (T) or a diesel (D), and the number after the letter denotes its place in the range by price and power.
More recently, we’ve seen the arrival of Volvo’s plug-in hybrid models – like the XC90 T8 – which have, until now, used the ‘T’ bit to denote a petrol engine but added ‘Twin Engine’ to denote the electric motor. But now it’s all changing.
The ‘Recharge’ bit (we still think it’s a slightly brave choice of name) will be tagged to the end of Volvo’s electrified cars, but it’s the letter bit after the model that’s changing.
In future, Volvo’s BEVs will come with a ‘P’ before the number – with ‘P’ standing for pure electric – and the number after, as before, denoting the place in the price and power hierarchy, like the XC40 P8, expected to be at the top of the electric range with lower-powered P4, P6 and whatever else expected to join the offerings later.
When it comes to Volvo’s new plug-in hybrids, they will use a ‘T’ before the number – just as they do currently – but the ‘T’ suffix will only be used to denote the ‘Twin Engine’ models and no longer mean a petrol engine under the bonnet.
Finally, as all Volvos become hybrids, they will get a ‘B’ suffix regardless of whether or not it’s a diesel or petrol engine under the bonnet.
The changes have already started, and in the UK the XC90 now offers B5 models with either a petrol or diesel engine, as well as a B4 diesel. But the XC40 range is still offering petrol-engine T3, T4 and T5 models, as well as a T5 Twin Engine, and D3 and D4 diesels.
It may be a bit confusing as the model ranges slowly change over to the new nomenclature, but it’ll all be ‘P’, ‘B’ and ‘T’ before long.