Volvo S90 & V90 Recharge – What Can They Tow?


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Volvo is updating its entire PHEV range with larger batteries and more powerful electric motors. In this instance, we’re looking at the S90 (sedan) and potential V90 (wagon) Recharge models. I say ‘potential V90’ as for some reason Volvo are yet to announce it for the US market. Anyway, the S90 Recharge gets a 38 miles EPA range. However, when it comes to towing capacity for the S90 Recharge, Volvo states its currently N/A?!

Volvo S90 & V90 Recharge
On the left is the S90 sedan and on the right the V90 wagon sold outside of the US: Images – Volvocars.com

Volvo S90 & V90 Recharge Specs

  • Official Towing Capacity – Currently N/A
  • Availability – Late 2022
  • Price – Starting $61,050 (S90)
  • EPA EV Range – 38 miles
  • Combined (city/highway) – 66 MPGe and 29 MPG
  • Maximum Charge Rate/Time – 3.5kW (5 hours)

Volvo S90 & V90 Recharge HP & Torque

  • AWD: Combined output of 455 HP & 523 lb-ft of torque
  • 2.0L Turbo Petrol: 310 HP & 295 lb-ft of torque
  • Electric Motor provides: 145 HP & 227 lb-ft of torque

Volvo S90 & V90 Recharge Towing Capabilities

If you have previously read my article on the Volvo S60 & V60 Recharge you would think much of this article would read the same. After all, the 60 and 90 Recharge models feature the same engine, battery and electric motors.

However, Volvo is playing some very odd games. First, it doesn’t appear as yet that US customers are going to be able to order the V90 Recharge. Second, as yet Volvo has not given the S90 Recharge any towing capacity at all, when I browse their website it simply states ‘N/A’.

Now, the S90 Recharge would not be the first PHEV that has not been given an official towing capacity. However, both versions of the smaller S60 and V60 Recharge have been given a towing capacity of 2,000lbs!?

In the UK, the S90 and V90 Recharge are rated to tow up to 2,100kg (4,630lbs). Now, as I discuss in my article on US vs UK Electric Tow Car Comparisons, US customers often get shortchanged on towing capacity, but to not give the S90 a towing capacity at all is very odd.

Lots Of Power & AWD With A Twist

As Volvo increased the battery capacity they must have also thought ‘we can now put in a larger electric motor’ so they did. The rear electric motor fitted to the S90 Recharge has been upped from around 84 HP to 146 HP. As a result, the total output figures along with the internal combustion engine for the new S90 Recharge is pretty crazy at 455 HP & 523 lb-ft of torque.

But let’s discuss for a second how the PHEV drivetrains of Volvo cars work. The internal combustion engine drives the front wheels only and the electric motor drives the rear wheels only.

Therefore, these are AWD vehicles, but they can only provide all-wheel-drive traction when the internal combustion engine is also running. They cannot drive around in AWD mode purely on electric power as say a Toyota RAV4 Prime can for instance.

Furthermore, you cannot lock Volvo PHEV models into EV mode only, if you push the accelerator hard, the internal combustion engine will start. Now, some people don’t like that if they wish to conduct their daily driving (not towing) with only electrical energy, and I get that, but it needs more context.

The dashboard in the Volvo PHEVs shows how you’re accelerating and at what point the ICE will kick in. Hence you do have control to not use the ICE, you just have to be light on your right foot and pay attention to the dashboard.

My Thoughts On The Volvo S90 & V90 Recharge…

As of writing this article in early 2022, there are no journalist video reviews I can reference, so I’ll update this article at a later date. Also, Volvo is still selling the previous generation vehicles with the smaller battery/less range and less power as early 2022 model year. The updated versions above are late 2022 spec cars, so don’t make a mistake if you’re interested in buying one.

In terms of what I think about the S90 & V90 Recharge. Well, first I think Volvo needs to offer the V90 Recharge to US customers over the S90 as its a much more practical vehicle. Second, Volvo needs to give them an official towing capacity, there is no logical reason not to.

Also, Volvo needs to offer better than a 3.5kW charger. Really, Volvo should be offering a 7kW charger at this price point and it should be included in the standard price. But its not even offered as an option which is odd, as it would get the recharging time down to 2.5 hours.

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Hi, I’m Chris. I own and write all the content on ElectricTowCars.com. The content above is purely my own personal thoughts/opinions/research and should not be treated as professional advice. I hope you find the content above useful to help you find your future ideal electric tow car or truck.

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