From Lisbon to Guarda by tram. How much did we save with the Volvo XC40 P6?

The first travel experience in this Volvo XC40 P6 Refill, as it could not be otherwise, brings us back to “home”. It was then the city of Guarda, the highest in Portugal, the destination of the first challenge we launched to the most accessible tram in the country. VOLVO.

Moreover, it is same trip we did with the Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge, so we can compare everything step by step.


A demanding drive for the XC40 P6 Recharge

During a trip to the Algarve or Alentejo, the flatness of the floor helps significantly to the consumption of electric vehicles. But when we venture to the sides of the recently beaten Serra da Estrela, the conversation is different.

We left Lisbon, premises of Auto Ascent, towards the town of Guarda. We have before us more than 300 km of highway. The first part of the route is relatively flat, but the entrance to Beira Interior and the climb to 1000m, up to the entrance to the town of Guarda, is difficult. To this we add the reduced aerodynamic capacity of the Volvo XC40 straights and the cruising speed of 120 km/h which we will maintain.

in our favor, unlike the route we took with the P8, we have the outside temperature, this time higher. Thus, this will allow the Volvo not to consume as many electrons in an attempt to maintain the optimal temperature of the battery.

Energy is not only spent in kilometers

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Volvo XC40 Recharge uses its own charging system. air conditioner of the car to heat and cool the battery. So even in the background it almost always works. In addition, there is somewhat high power consumption by the screen and the infotainment system, which helps explain the Volvo’s higher consumption when driving with very cold or very hot outside temperatures.

What does the on-board computer tell us?

We start by entering our destination on Google Maps integrated into the Volvo XC40 P6 Recharge. Thus, we are immediately alerted to the fact that we need stop for loading before reaching our destination.


The best possible options are automatically suggested in the system. This is a technology that lightens the weight of plan trips and allows us to experience daily life in an electric car with more normality.

With integrated Google Maps and a trip calendar with estimated consumption and automatic search for charging stations along the way, we have the “food” finished!

Without deviating from the route, we can recharge in Aveiras or Santarém on the A1, the two stations where we would still arrive with a lot of battery and it would be very inefficient to stop to recharge there. Then we have Abrantes and Fundão on the A23. The ideal would be a stop at Vila Velha de Rodão, but as there is no charging station yet from these sides we will choose Abrantes, an intermediate point of the trip. So we also play it safe (if it’s busy or broken down, we’ll continue our journey to Fundão, probably already at the limit of the car’s range).

The Volvo XC40 offers a journey of 3h46m, with a 36m stop to load in Abrantes. But what will?

Lisbon – Abrantes, halfway…

We left with the Volvo XC40 P6 Recharge 100% charged and an outside temperature of 26ºC. As we enter the highway, the consumption values ​​quickly rise to the expected values. In this way we arrived in Abrantes with average of 20.5 kWh/100km and 51% battery. Still, not bad! believe there is much more electrical expenses. The on-board computer indicates an average speed of 109 km/h. And 152.5 km of travel are covered.


To cover the rest of the way, we charge 23m to 47kW, which restores the battery level to 80%. AND, fortunately, the only charging station was available! So, it’s time to grab a coffee and go.

Abrantes – Guarda, we have reached the highest

The increase in the last kilometers of the trip is felt in consumption. This way we arrived at Guarda with 13% battery and a average of 22.9 kWh/100 km, which already reflects the steep climbs to get here. We traveled 326.8 km, at an average of 110 km/h. The journey took a total of 3h30 (3h05 of driving and 25 minutes in total from the stop to recharge).

With this average, one would expect to do with the XC40 P6 Recharge approximately 275 km on the highway, at 120 km/h, with a full charge. A little more if the slope of the ground is more favourable.

How does the Volvo XC40 P6 Recharge compare to the P8 on the highway?

Let’s start with the numbers. Final average of P6 – 22.9 kWh/100 km. The P8 registered 28.7 kWh/100 km. If we do the math, and despite lower consumption in the P6, we see that with a battery of 65 useful kWh in the P6 and 75 useful kWh in the P8, the highway range of the two models is similar (275 km in the P6 case and 260 km in the P8 case).

However, from what we have already been able to assess, in mixed driving or in the city, the greater economy of the P6 seems to give it a more significant advantage, despite the weaker battery. Let’s do the test and then we’ll tell you everything!

How much did this trip to Guarda cost in the XC40 P6 Recharge?

First point in its favour, and like the P8, the Volvo XC40 P6 Recharge also pays class 1 tolls. Then, starting from a fully charged battery “at home”, we managed to have a very affordable bill per compared to the cost of fossil fuels.

After all, the cost of “fuel” for this XC40 P6 Recharge from Lisbon to Guarda was €18.93!

In detail, by 116% battery required for this journey, we paid €6.95 for a full charge at the bi-hourly rate at home, and €11.98 for an additional 28% at terminal A23. And we still have 10% battery left.

Here, we end up saving compared to P8, because we need fewer electrons to make the journey. Not including tolls, the costs of this journey in a equivalent thermal vehicle to this Volvo XC40 P6 Recharge, would be, on average, €38.92 for petrol and €31.21 for diesel.

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