Published on March 3rd, 2021 | by Subhash Nair


All-Electric Volvo C40 Recharge Debuts

The Volvo C40 Recharge is the 2nd electric crossover from the company.

Following last year’s announcement of the all-electric XC40 Recharge, Volvo Cars is expanding their all-electric portfolio with the C40 Recharge.

Volvo C40 Recharge
Volvo C40 Recharge

Like the XC40, the C40 shares the same CMA vehicle platform. However, unlike the XC40, the C40 will ONLY be available with an electric powertrain option.

Volvo has done some interesting design changes to distinguish the C40 from the XC40. Most noteworthy are the lower roofline and dramatic new look to the rear end. The C40 also debuts a new ‘face’ that will go on to define the look of all future electric Volvos. The new exterior design is more of an evolution to the existing design than a completely new shape, but it’s a good looking car and a step in the right direction. The headlights also now feature pixel technology as seen on the Polestar 2.

Powering the Volvo C40 are twin electric motors, one on each axle for all-wheel drive. The “Recharge Twin” branding seems to replace “P8 AWD” branding from the XC40 Recharge P8 AWD. It’s not clear what the power output will be like, but if the XC40 Recharge P8 AWD is anything to go by, it’ll be more than 400hp. The 78kWh battery provides about 420km of range, which Volvo says will be improved with software updates. It takes about 40 minutes to fast charge to 80%.

Inside, there are also some interesting things being done. Volvo says this is the first leather-free car they’re offering. That may not add much value to you, but what’s definitely appreciable is the new infotainment unit, which was co-developed with Google.

The company is also accelerating its electrification timeline. As previously stated, it intends for at least 50% of its models sold to be at least partially electrified by 2025. Now, they have the goal of having 100% of all models sold to be pure electric vehicles by 2030! All Volvo electric vehicles will be sold exclusively online, with preset prices, either with subscription or purchase options. Special all-weather tyres and simpler equipment packages will be offered. Watch the full Volvo Cars Moment below.

Here’s the press release with more.

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The future of Volvo Cars is electric and the new Volvo C40 Recharge is the latest manifestation of its commitment to a zero emission future.

The C40 Recharge has all the benefits of an SUV but with a lower and sleeker design. It is based on the CMA vehicle platform and the first Volvo model in history designed as pure electric only.

Following the introduction of the XC40 Recharge and now the C40 Recharge, Volvo Cars will roll out several additional electric models in coming years.

Already by 2025, it aims for 50 per cent of its global sales volume to consist of fully electric cars, with the rest hybrids. By 2030, it plans for every car it sells to be pure electric.

The rear of the C40 Recharge features a striking rear-end design to go with the lower roof line, while the new front design introduces a new face for electric Volvos and includes head lights with state-of-the-art pixel-technology.

Inside, the C40 Recharge provides customers with the high seating position that most Volvo drivers prefer, while it is available with a range of colour and deco options unique to the model. It is also the first Volvo model to be completely leather-free.

Like the XC40 Recharge, the C40 Recharge comes with one of the best infotainment systems on the market, jointly developed with Google and based on the Android operating system. It provides consumers with Google apps and services built-in, such as Google Maps, Google Assistant and the Google Play Store*.

Unlimited data enables superior connectivity and the C40 Recharge will receive software updates over the air. That means it will continue to improve over time after it has left the factory.

The propulsion consists of twin electric motors, one on the front and one on the rear axle, powered by a 78kWh battery that can be fast-charged to 80 per cent in about 40 minutes*. It offers an anticipated range of around 420 km*, which is expected to improve over time via over-the-air software updates.

As announced earlier today, the fully electric C40 Recharge will be available online only. In line with its ambition of reducing complexity in its model offering and focus on attractive pre-selected variants, Volvo Cars has drastically simplified the consumer offering of the C40 Recharge.

When customers get a new C40 Recharge, it will come with a convenient care package that includes items such as service, warranty, roadside assistance, as well as insurance and home charging options*.

The C40 Recharge will go in production this fall and will be built alongside the XC40 Recharge at the Volvo Cars manufacturing plant in Ghent, Belgium.

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