Volvo C40 Single Motor – real-life consumption test done by an eco-driving professional

How efficient can the C40 Recharge Single-Motor be driven? Ecodriver shows you how to get the best possible range out of this car and compares it to it’s sibling, the XC40.

Hi everybody welcome to eco driver my name is helmut today we go out on the eco travel loop with uh with a car that in this form i have almost already tested it’s the volvo c40 which is basically the same car as the volvo xc40 and here we have the front wheel model and you can have it as an all-wheel drive as well so we have the front wheel model with 170 kilowatts

231 horsepower the battery capacity is 69 kilowatt hours gross and 67 net unladen weight is 2009 kilogram 4420 kilo pounds and the wltd consumption is rated with 18.1 kilowatt hours per 100 kilometers that’s the the mixed consumption where the xc40 we had 12.9 i will put a link for this to this video up at the end and yeah we’ll see what we can make today

The outside temperatures are okay 21 degrees at the moment um and ac is on at the lowest temperature and also the lowest fan speed that’s the most comfortable setting for me the rotating you’re probably familiar with it when you watch this channel before we start on the southeastern out chris vinsburg go out of town for about a mile one kilometer one and a half

Kilometers in a 30 kilometer per hour zone 20 miles per hour you have a climb which elevates us around 360 meters 1100 feet followed by some rolling hills a descent some mixed roads beats limits ranging from 30 to 100 kilometers an hour 20 to 60 miles per hour motorway and at the end 18 kilometers 11 miles of city traffic i’ll show you the sexual and overall

Consumption after every section and at the end we analyze the whole trip the cameras will be on all the time eight to show you how am i driving in order to achieve the consumption that i will have achieved at the end and b to prove that there is no need to go extra slow in order to be efficient even with an ev uh on the contrary you will probably notice that uh

I would go much faster than in all the other cars on the road but uh i can’t yeah uh apart for that that’s basically the car is very straightforward and intuitive to drive there are no pedals there is no nose uh settings for region or something the only thing you can change is either one pedal drive or not and of course i choose the none one pedal drive as this

Allows a much more efficient ride or driving style when you can keep the car coasting so therefore i switched it off and uh yeah we’ll see which consumption it will achieve at the end so uh yeah that’s it for now i’ll talk to you after a resection and i hope you enjoy this foreign and you see here 39.4 kilowatt hours per 100 kilometers you notice there is a

Big black nothing in the center of the display normally it’s the map google maps there but i haven’t logged on to the to my google account in this car so uh yeah at the moment there’s nothing nothing there we’re not coming onto the hills and especially with the car that can truly coast it’s a very easily possible to drive efficiently on the hills as you can build

Up the momentum on the on the way down without doing anything you see here i’m doing nothing and we’re accelerating up to over 50 kilometers an hour and you can use this momentum to go into the next climb and don’t try to maintain the speed in the climb at all cost just reduce the speed a little bit and once it flattens or goes down then you can re-accelerate

And all that without using extra energy basically just like on a roller coaster 27.7 kilowatt hours per 100 kilometers at the end of the hills now we’re coming on to the descent and here it’s important to avoid the use of additional energy we have a good friend gravity which pulls us down and there is no need to use some extra energy and although we have

Two flat sections it should be possible to to pass those without accelerating without using any additional power as as we have enough momentum from the steeper section to go into the flat section and just coast through these foreign kilometers at the end of the descent yeah all the luck we had at the beginning left us to the end we had some obstacles so they

Didn’t have to stop but hey that’s life it’s a real life test where they’re coming on today open road section the mixed roads speed limits range from 30 to 100 kilometers an hour 20 to 62 miles per hour and here it’s important as everywhere just to keep the vehicle in motion look ahead read the road if you if you see you have to reduce the speed try to just lift

Your foot off the accelerator early enough and coasts coast the rest instead of breaking and yes even if it’s an ev and you recuperate some jet or generate some energy you never get back what you had to invest beforehand or have to invest afterwards so therefore just try to avoid breaking that means that you avoid it actively using energy before or after foreign

Thank you thank you so at the end of the open road section we have 12.5 kilowatt hours per hundred kilometers we’re not coming onto the motorway and um here we have a 100 kilometer per hour restriction although evs are exempt from this so they could go 130. i will stick to the 100 though as firstly for comparison reasons secondly for efficiency and thirdly

Normally traffic on the stretch of the road is so heavy anyway but it doesn’t make sense to try to go faster than 100. thank you by chance i found the the way to show the map on on the dashboard you saw the motorway there was a not too much traffic but enough to be to be stuck behind them all the time and couldn’t go faster even if we want to so at the

End of the motorway we see here 13.9 kilowatt hours per 100 kilometers serena coming on to city traffic and here it’s important to look ahead read the road try to anticipate what other road users are doing react early enough to things that happen in front of you like a change of traffic lights and so on and use the routine you have most trips are done regularly

We go to work go shopping whatever so you have knowledge about the things that happen on this trip the how the traffic reacts how the traffic flows how the traffic lights are shifting and use this knowledge to your advantage thank you thank you foreign foreign foreign foreign foreign we see here 13.5 kilowatt hours per 100 kilometers which

Is a bit more than we had with the xc40 but uh the reasons for that i don’t know we have to analyze this well let’s have a quick look at the details of our trip with the volvo c40 the single motor version um yeah you see the weather was uh okay 22 degrees and really sunny but yeah some clouds we had uh um yeah the same tires as with the xc40 and um 42 kilograms

More weight maybe this explains the difference uh if you look at the climb yes it was almost yeah it was exploded in one kilowatt hours per hundred kilometers more so this might explain a difference but on the way down it was 0.7 kilograms per 100 kilometers more recuperation so yes the weight plays a row in the higher consumption wltp consumption is rated with 18.1

And if you take the charging losses out it’s probably 16.5 so yeah we are free below that the usual 20 percent uh and yeah of course if you go 130 or more on the motorway all the time you will have a higher consumption it will go into the high 20s maybe low 30s but i test the cars on the same route all the time and here we have a restriction to 100 kilometers and

Even if i could if i could go faster with the with an electric car with an ev it doesn’t make sense because all the other traffic is uh is at around 100 110. um yeah why is uh why do we have a 0.6 kilowatts per 100 kilometers higher consumption maybe the traffic uh it took me four minutes more this time than with the uh sorry three minutes more this time where

The c4 different with the xc40 yes there was a bit more traffic uh apart from that yeah it’s 0.6 is is a very small margin that’s higher weight uh it was uh it was warmer so maybe the the cooling uh okay the the internal cooling the ac had to work a little bit more uh normally i set it on the same temperature all the time and yeah so overall it’s an excellent

Car as i said during the video and i got myself as xc40 and uh xc40 c40 the difference is basically just the shape of the car i don’t like coupes and um i got the six the xc40 for as a company car but uh we also use it privately and with my small kids with the twins uh we need to put them into the child seat and the cool pairs are a little bit of a falling uh

Roof line so it made more sense for me to get the xc40 plus i prefer the the box design over the coop design and yeah that’s that’s my preference why i got the xc40 over the c40. yeah that’s it basically if you’re if you want to know how uh the xc40 recharge with the one motor performed uh i put the video up here and down here you’ll find my five tips of how to

Drive evs more efficiently in general that’s it for the volvo c40 thanks for watching take care see you next time

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Volvo C40 Single Motor – real-life consumption test done by an eco-driving professional By Ecodriver