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I've never used the charge option. I also give no credence to the range readout. I've had it increase by 2 miles just turning the car off and on again and then reducing by 2 miles in a few hundred yards.. During the journeys there was the usual electric consumption and regeneration in the app trip details which generally cancelled each other out. Temperature has a big effect on petrol consumption too. With a cold engine a 2 mile trip to the shops recorded 20.4mpg, whereas the return journey 15 minutes later recorded 27.7mpg.
I try and look at mpg over the full tank, in doing so that would average out the best and worst of the XC40 fuel figures. I think we can say that real time figures at best is 42mpg (15.5p mile) and worst is 26mpg (25p per mile) when fuel is 142.99 a litre. Electricity can may give at best 27miles in summer (13p mile) and worst in winter at 2Deg 16.5 miles (21p mile). I did a trip tonight from my town in Shaw to M606 turn off for Leeds Bradford Airport, recharging battery from zero to 12 miles on route with mpg indicated at 30.4, I then swapped to Pure Eco and drove the next 9 miles on battery, mpg as expected then rose up to 38, with 1 mile indicated left in battery. It would seem there鈥檚 no definitive fuel / electricity is cheaper, type of driving and certainly temperature conditions dictate which will give a better return for the cost. But thanks for pointing out the Pure Eco mode, I just never switched to it, thought hybrid everyday use would be the mode of choice as the car defaults to it after stopping and powering off.
I鈥檒l be charging more when the temperature rises above 10Deg and see what results this returns 馃憤
 

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I've never seen any merit using the engine to charge the battery. On longer trips I set the satnav to the destination, leave the car in hybrid and let the computer decide how to use the battery. Return trips once the battery has run out I leave the car to do its thing and have always got between 43 and 47 on cross country trips. Motorway runs at 65 gets 48 consistently. I've occasionally held a few miles of charge to use at the slow end of a trip but not found it made much difference to overall consumption.
 

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UK driver of the Volvo XC40 Hybrid Recharge, petrol fuel cheaper than charging! Or am I missing something!
Cost to charge at home on a standard variable tariff in the uk at 33.33p kwh = 350p, range in winter = 12miles therefore cost per mile is 29.16p.
Petrol cost 139.99plitre x 4.546 = 636.39p gallon / 43mpg = 14.7p per mile or on Recharge mode 639.39p /28mpg = 22.72p per mile.
Even with the best range in summer of 24miles using EV this works out at 350p / 24 = 14.7p per mile.
Energy costs are making the car too expensive to run on battery. Beginning to think this is s bad purchase. Lovely car but the EV side is disappointing, too expensive and not enough range.
Anyone seeing the same results.
If you take the extreme view then yea you could argue that petrol is cheaper however I think you are not realistic with your variable costs.
To start I鈥檓 comfortably getting 20 miles at the moment (winter) from a full charge, that does include preheating etc before the journey and short distances.
Your tariff is worth looking at as you鈥檙e not making the most of lower prices.
The petrol usage depends on how you drive, heavy right foot and long daily drive equals more fuel.
I would suggest you might not have the right car and should have done the costing beforehand, if you regularly drive less than the capacity of the battery and can get a decent tariff (18p / Kw for me ) then it makes a lot of sense.
So know your daily routine and choose accordingly, perhaps a Diesel version would be more appropriate 馃憤
 

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If you take the extreme view then yea you could argue that petrol is cheaper however I think you are not realistic with your variable costs.
To start I鈥檓 comfortably getting 20 miles at the moment (winter) from a full charge, that does include preheating etc before the journey and short distances.
Your tariff is worth looking at as you鈥檙e not making the most of lower prices.
The petrol usage depends on how you drive, heavy right foot and long daily drive equals more fuel.
I would suggest you might not have the right car and should have done the costing beforehand, if you regularly drive less than the capacity of the battery and can get a decent tariff (18p / Kw for me ) then it makes a lot of sense.
So know your daily routine and choose accordingly, perhaps a Diesel version would be more appropriate 馃憤
You are fortunate that you are in a 18p kWh tariff, wait till your fixed rate deal ends, then you鈥檒l join the rest of us on the standard variable rate that all energy companies are only offering at 33.33p. Or you are fortunate to be on an off peak tariff, which again are not available to switch to. I have learned from the discussion that the Pure Eco mode offers better EV mileage than the Hybrid everyday use mode. So the car is returning more miles on EV than I originally quoted. However, the figures don鈥檛 lie, fuel is cheaper at low temps I.e. 0 to 8 Deg, only managed 16.5mikes in EV mode, above 10Deg I鈥檓 still checking my figures to see if I can get 20miles (17.5p per mile) or above. If energy costs drop to what you are paying 18pkwh then it鈥檚 a no brainier, way cheaper on EV at 7p per mile. I can only hope the energy costs reduce to make it more economically viable for me as it is for you.
 
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