Best Home EV Charger for Volvo XC40 Recharge

The Volvo XC40 Recharge is an attractive Scandinavian electric compact SUV from Volvo. This vehicle is based on the gas powered XC40 model, but the Recharge variant has been significantly reworked for an electric drivetrain, featuring generous battery capacity ranging between 67 and 75 kWh, depending on trim.

XC40 Recharge is available in two main configurations. A 231 hp front wheel drive single-motor, and a much quicker 408 hp all wheel drive dual-motor model. The more powerful model comes with the larger 75 kWh battery. The 2022 XC40 Recharge received an EPA tested range of 223 miles in the dual motor configuration.  

The Volvo XC40 Recharge uses a standard Type 2/CCS charging connector with an onboard 11 kW charger. Below we have a collection of home EV chargers recommended for the XC40 Recharge. 

Our Top Picks

ev chargers for volvo xc40 recharge

Wallbox Pulsar Plus

The Wallbox Pulsar Plus is our top pick for a charger with a compact and attractive design at just 7.8″ x 7.9″ x 3.9″ in dimensions. This is a great pick for the XC40 Recharge.

Available in 40 and 48 amp versions, the Pulsar Plus can charge up to 8 times faster than Level 1 (120v) charging. Like the Blink Charger, it features a 25 foot long cable. The 48 amp version is able to deliver up to 11.5 kW of power, cutting down charge times to just a few hours rather than overnight. If you want the 48 amps, you will need to hardwire the unit though. Otherwise, both versions will operate at maximum of 40 amps with a NEMA 14-50 receptacle. 

Wallbox also works great for households with multiple EVs that need to be charged simultaneously. Two or more Wallbox chargers on the same circuit can communicate between each other and balance the available household power between chargers. 

Specs

  • 40 or 48 amp versions
  • 25 foot long charge cable
  • Indoor/Outdoor operation
  • NEMA 14-50 outlet, or hardwired
  • Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity

Pros

Compact design with clear indicator lights, myWallbox app companion app for control and charge monitoring

Cons

The app is rather basic compared to other chargers

ChargePoint Home Flex

ChargePoint is a reputable brand in public charging as well as home charging. The Home Flex is a current favorite with a combination of attractive design, 50 amp performance, and responsive customer support. 

At the higher end of home chargers, the Home Flex is able to deliver up to 50 amps to your EV, which translates to approx. 36 miles of range added per hour. The companion ChargePoint app allows you to schedule charging sessions when electricity is cheapest, as well send you reminders if you forget to plug in your EV.

Compatible with most EVs on the market, the ChargePoint Home Flex is a top choice for most drivers or premium EVs like the Volvo XC40 Recharge.

 

Specs

  • Up to 50 amp charging, 9 times faster than wall outlet
  • 23 foot long charge cable
  • Indoor/Outdoor operation
  • NEMA 14-50, NEMA 6-50, or hardwired options
  • UL Listed; safe and eligible for rebates/incentives in many states

Pros

Energy Star Certified, Wifi connectivity, Alexa voice assistant compatibility, choice of NEMA 14-50 or NEMA 6-50 plugs, configurable between 16 and 50 amps

Cons

Dependent on the smartphone app for configuration and some features.

Amazon Basics Level 2 Charging Station

AmazonBasics brand is known for their no frills, but dependable products. That was exactly our conclusion with their Level 2 Home Charging Station.

AmazonBasics undercuts the premium brands on price without sacrificing much on design or quality. The 32 amp rating will add about 25 miles of driving range per hour of charge, which is plenty if the majority of your charging is done overnight. The clean white box design will blend seamlessly into its surroundings (especially against white walls).

Like the other simple chargers from our rankings, there is no connectivity or scheduling with this charger. You will need to rely on your EV’s internal settings/apps for that.

Specs

  • 32 amps
  • Cable length: 18 and 25 foot versions available
  • Indoor/Outdoor operation
  • NEMA 6-50 outlet, can be hardwired

Pros

RedDot Design winner, easy to use, undercuts competitors on price, can be installed outdoors

Cons

No apps or connectivity, tops out at 32 amps, one year warranty

Blink HQ 150 Home Charger

Blink is another commercial charging equipment manufacturer that expanded into home charging products. But unlike the ChargePoint charger, there is no wifi or app involved here. Just a high quality commercial-grade charger with a peak output of 32 amps. The simplicity of operation could make the Blink charger a great choice for less tech-savvy drivers to ease into EV ownership.

While not the most powerful charger, 32 amps equates to 7.6 kW of power, enough to top up most EVs overnight from empty.

The high quality cable is a generous 25 feet long, and should be able to reach your EV’s charge port no matter how you park it in your garage or driveway.

Specs

  • Up to 32 amp charging
  • 25 foot long charge cable
  • Indoor/Outdoor operation
  • NEMA 6-50 plug 

Pros

Energy Star Certified, UL listed, dead simple to use, clear status indicator lights

Cons

No app or smart connectivity

Lectron 240V 40 Amp

Lectron makes a ton of models, but this specific 40 amp charger is our favorite budget pick for XC40 Recharge. Small, light and portable. But unlike most travel charging adapters, the 40 amp Lectron could be your main home charger.

There are no apps or connectivity options, but the always-on display shows you the critical information about the charging session such as: current, voltage, temperature, and charge time. Most new EVs allow you to schedule charging sessions from their infotainment system anyway.

Downsides? The warranty is only one year, and this charger is not suitable for frequent outdoor use (especially not in extreme climates)

 

Specs

  • 40 amps
  • 18 foot long charge cable
  • Indoor operation
  • NEMA 14-50 plug, no hardwiring

Pros

Great power output for a budget charger, more portable than wall mounted chargers, always on display with charge stats

Cons

Not really suitable for outdoor operation, Lectron customer service does not have a great reputation, shorter warranty than premium brands

Keruida Level 2, 40 Amp

Keruida’s Level 2 40 amp charger is another great value option that frequently goes on sale. This charger can be used for portability, as well as a main home charging station. Although it is IP65 rated for water resistance, we would not recommend this charger for extended outdoor usage, especially not in extreme climates.  

We like the generous 25 foot long charge cable that allows drivers to park their cars in either front/rear orientation. There are five amperage settings between 16 and 40 amps for flexibility on a range of circuits. 

 

Specs

  • 40 amps
  • 25 foot charge cable
  • Indoor operation
  • NEMA 14-50 wall plug

Pros

Great value level 2 charger with 25 foot long cable. An easy to use delay timer helps you take advantage of lower time of use electricity rates.

Cons

Not suitable as a main charger for outdoor operation. The J1772 side of the cable is water resistant, but the NEMA 14-50 side may be exposed to moisture. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the range of the Volvo XC40 Recharge?

The dual motor XC40 Recharge can go up 223 miles on a single charger, according to the EPA.

What type of charging plug does Volvo XC40 Recharge use?

Standard Type 2 / CCS plug for home and fast public charging, the same kind of plug as most other new EVs.