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Volvo XC40/C40 Recharge Home Charging Guide

Updated May 1, 2024, by Michael Kim

EV home chargers for Volvo XC40 Recharge
Volvo XC40 Recharge. Photos by Michael Kim.

Our Picks for the XC40 Recharge

  1. Tesla Universal Wall Connector
  2. J+ Booster 2
  3. Wallbox Pulsar Plus
  4. ChargePoint Home Flex
  5. Autel MaxiCharger

The Volvo XC40 Recharge is a compact Scandinavian electric SUV from Volvo. This vehicle has recently been updated for 2024 with new drivetrains and batteries. The RWD single-motor versions come with an 82 kWh battery, while the dual-motor AWD trims come with 78 kWh. The single-motor XC40 has an EPA-rated range of 293 miles.

The Volvo XC40 Recharge uses a standard J1772 charging connector with an onboard 11 kW charger. Below is a collection of home EV charging stations recommended for the XC40 Recharge.

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XC40 Recharge Fast Charging Facts

EV Charging ConnectorJ1772 / CCS
Battery Capacity78 -82 kWh
Level 2 Charging Power11 kW
Level 2 Max Amps48 A
Level 2 [20-80%] Charge Time4.5 Hours
Level 3 Peak Power [78 kWh]150 kW
Level 3 Peak Power [82 kWh]205 kW

Level 3 DC Charging Curve

DC charging curve for XC40

Tesla Universal Wall Connector (48 Amp)

Tesla UWC and Volvo XC40

Tesla perfected their Wall Connector charging station over three generations, and now the same quality product is available to J1772-equipped EVs thanks to the Universal Wall Connector. This home charging station is designed to be hardwired to a 60 amp circuit and provides up to 48 amps to your XC40 Recharge.

The cord is thinner than most 48-amp EV chargers, making it easier to handle. While the enclosure is made of plastic, it is still rated for safe outdoor installation. The cord can be wrapped around the charger when not in use, and the integrated holster hides both the NACS connector and the J1772 adapter.


  • Amperage: Up to 48 amps
  • EV Connector: NACS + J1772
  • Home Connection: Hardwire
  • Cord Length: 24 feet
  • Cord Thickness: 15 mm
  • Weatherproofing:
    NEMA 3R
  • Networking: Wi-Fi
  • App Control: Yes
  • Warranty: 4 years


  • Quality cord, easy to manage
  • J1772 and NACS in connectors in one product
  • Smart cord management


  • Hardwire install only
  • Plastic enclosure means only a NEMA 3R rating

J+ Booster 2 (40 Amp)

If you’re looking for a portable EV charger that will last, look no further than the J+ Booster 2. This is the highest-quality portable unit we’ve ever tested. J+ is a Swiss company, and they manufacture their products in Germany. The Booster 2 is compact and weighs only 7.7 lbs, but the aluminum enclosure can withstand impacts and even be run over by a car.

The Booster 2 comes with a hard shell carrying case, as well as a wall mounting bracket for installation at home. We were impressed with the build quality but wished the cord was a little bit more pliable.


  • Amperage: Up to 40 amps
  • EV Connector: J1772
  • Home Connection: NEMA 14-50, interchangeable adapters
  • Cord Length: 21 feet
  • Cord Thickness 16 mm
  • Cord Gauge: AWG 10
  • Weatherproofing: IP67
  • Networking: No
  • App Control: No
  • Warranty: 3 years


  • 40 amps in a small package
  • Interchangeable input cables
  • Industrial build quality


  • The cord is stiffer than competing products
  • Pricey

Full J+ Booster 2 Review

Wallbox Pulsar Plus (40 and 48 Amp)

Wallbox Pulsar Plus for XC40

The Wallbox Pulsar Plus is a great pick for the XC40 Recharge. It’s available as a 40-amp plug-in version, as well as a 48-amp hardwired version. This product is compact and will look great in any garage, and as a bonus, it is made in the USA.

The cord and the J1772 connector are a highlight of this product because they use higher-quality rubberized materials. The cord performs well in colder climates too, when rival products struggle with pliability.

Two or more Wallbox chargers on the same circuit can also communicate with each other and balance the available household power between chargers.


  • Amperage: 40 and 48 amp versions
  • EV Connector: J1772
  • Home Connection: NEMA 14-50 or hardwire
  • Cord Length: 25 feet
  • Weatherproofing: NEMA 4
  • Networking: Wi-Fi + BT
  • App Control: Yes
  • Warranty: 3 years


  • Compact, attractive design
  • Reputable brand
  • Durable J1772 connector


  • The external cord holster design could be better

Full Pulsar Plus Review

ChargePoint Home Flex (50 Amp)

ChargePoint Home Flex

ChargePoint is best known for its large public charging network, but it also offers one of the best home charging station products. The Home Flex was recently updated with more variants, making it compatible with both J1772 and NACS EVs. The J1772version is a great companion to a Volvo XC40 Recharge because it can provide more than enough amps (50!), and it also includes one of the next cord management systems with a swiveling holster that gets the cord out of your way when parking.

Frequent users of their public charging networking will appreciate using a single app for both home and away charging sessions. The only odd downside was the limit of having one Home Flex paired to an account.


  • Amperage: Up to 50 amps
  • EV Connector: J1772 or NACS
  • Home Connection: NEMA 14-50, 6-50, or hardwire
  • Cord Length: 23 feet
  • Weatherproofing: NEMA 3R
  • Networking: Wi-Fi + BT
  • App Control: Yes
  • Warranty: 3 years


  • High-quality cord material
  • Many plug-in installation options
  • Alexa/Google Home integration
  • EnergyStar certification


  • Only one Home Flex can be paired to an account
  • The product is heavily dependent on the app

Full Home Flex Review

Autel MaxiCharger Elite (40 Amp)

Autel MaxiCharger for XC40

Autel offers its MaxiCharger line in many configurations. There are versions ranging from 32 to 50 amps in output, and versions with NEMA 14-50 plugs, 6-50 plugs, and hardwired chargers. But each of them shares this rectangular design, solid thermal performance, and one of the best apps in the industry.

Homeowners installing this EV charger outside will appreciate the NEMA 4X weather resistance rating and RFID card reader that can be used to secure charging access. The 50-amp version can supply more than enough current to charge the XC40 at full speed.


  • Amperage: 40 and 50-amp versions exist
  • EV Connector: J1772
  • Home Connection: NEMA 14-50, 6-50, and hardwire versions available
  • Cord Length: 25 feet
  • Weatherproofing: NEMA 4X
  • Networking: Wi-Fi + BT
  • App Control: Yes
  • RFID card reader


  • 3-year warranty
  • RFID card reader for secure access
  • Very intuitive app with lots of metrics


  • The cord can get hard in cold temperatures, but still usable

Full MaxiCharger Elite Review

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Frequently Asked Questions about charging the Volvo XC40 Recharge

Is Volvo going to transition to NACS ports?

Yes, on June 27, 2023, Volvo announced its intention to ship 2025 model-year cars with NACS charging ports as standard.

What is the range of the Volvo XC40 Recharge?

The 82 kWh Volvo XC40 can go up 293 miles on a single charger, according to the EPA.

What type of charging plug does Volvo XC40 Recharge use?

Standard J1772 for home charging, and CCS for fast public charging.

Does the XC40 Recharge come with any charging equipment?

Yes, a mobile charging cord capable of 40 amps (9 kW) is provided with the car. It connects to a 240-volt source via a NEMA 14-50 plug. However, we recommend that drivers keep their mobile charging cords in the trunk for emergencies, and install a dedicated home charging station in their garages.

Where is the charging port located on the XC40 Recharge?

On the driver’s side rear corner of the car, in front of the left tail light.XC40 Recharge charging port location

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