Volvo Cars announced earlier today that they’re committed to becoming a leader in the premium electric car market and plans to become a fully electric car company by 2030. In line with this, they have also launched their 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.
By 2025 Volvo Cars is aiming for 50 percent 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 roofline. The new front design introduces a new face for electric Volvos and includes headlights with state-of-the-art pixel-technology.
The C40 Recharge is driven by twin electric motors, one on the front and one on the rear axle, which are powered by a 78kWh battery. This delivers up to 260 miles (420 km) of range and can be fast-charged to 80 percent in around 40 minutes. The range is expected to improve over time via over-the-air software updates.
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 C40 Recharge will go into production this fall and will be built alongside the XC40 Recharge at the Volvo Cars manufacturing plant in Ghent, Belgium. It will only be available to order online.
Henrik Green, Volvo Cars CTO, said: “The C40 Recharge represents the future of Volvo and shows where we are going. It is fully electric, offered online only with a convenient care package and will be available for quick delivery. Getting a new Volvo was never this attractive.”