Volvo Cars launches electric C40 Recharge

Volvo Cars launches electric C40 Recharge

Volvo Cars has launched the new Volvo C40 Recharge, the second purely electric car in its current portfolio and the first to be offered exclusively with electric drive.

The new model uses the familiar electric drive from the electric XC40: one 150 kW electric motor each on the front and rear axles bring the C40 to a system output of 300 kW. The electricity is stored in a 78 kWh battery. While the XC40, which weighs around 2.2 tons, has a range of 418 kilometres according to WLTP, Volvo states a range of 420 kilometres for the 4.43-meter-long C40.

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 headlights with state-of-the-art pixel technology. Unlimited data enables superior connectivity and – like the recent announcement for the XC40 – the C40 Recharge will receive over-the-air software updates.

Henrik Green, chief technology officer at Volvo Cars, said:

“The Volvo C40 Recharge represents the future of Volvo and shows where we are going. It is fully electric and will be offered exclusively online at attractive all-inclusive conditions and with short delivery times.”

The C40 will be built together with the XC40 on one line at Volvo’s Ghent plant in Belgium, where a battery assembly line has also been set up to combine the purchased modules into ready-to-install packs.

Although Volvo is not yet quoting prices for the C40, we do know that it will only sell its electric cars online. The C40 will likely only be available on a subscription basis to start with – either with a flexible term or one fixed at 36 months.

The C40 Recharge will go into production this autumn and is likely to come with a care package including items such as servicing, warranty, roadside assistance, as well as insurance and home charging options.

Olly Goodall

Author:Olly Goodall
Date Updated:3rd Mar 2021

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