C40 Recharge is Volvo's first exclusively electric drive

C40 Recharge is Volvo's first exclusively electric drive

Volvo's first model to be offered exclusively with electric drive, the C40 Recharge, has now gone into production in Belgium – at the carmaker's plant in Ghent.

The Ghent plant, which is one of Volvo’s largest locations, produces the XC40 models (BEV, PHEV and combustion engine) – which are based on the CMA platform – plus the V60 estate, which is based on the larger SPA platform, as well as the all-electric C40 Recharge.

Although the C40 Recharge, introduced in March 2021, is being marketed by Volvo as a standalone model, it is in effect the SUV coupe to the XC40 Recharge – albeit with minor visual changes beyond the flatter rear end.

“The C40 Recharge is a car that represents our future,” said Javier Varela, Senior Vice President, Industrial Operations and Quality at Volvo Cars.

“Our manufacturing operations and a close collaboration with our suppliers are key in achieving our future ambitions in terms of electrification and climate neutrality.”

Volvo's aim to become an all-electric brand by 2030 means production is likely to be adjusted. In the wake of the model launch of the C40 Recharge, Volvo is increasing its production capacity for electric vehicles in Ghent to 135,000 units per year. What's more, the company expects more than half of all vehicles produced at the site to have an all-electric powertrain as early as 2022. Volvo also set up a battery assembly plant in Ghent to combine purchased modules into ready-to-install packs.

At present, Volvo offers the XC40 Recharge in a front-wheel-drive version, while the C40 Recharge is only available with the familiar all-wheel drive at market launch. An 150 kW electric motor on both the front and rear axles brings the C40 to a system output of 300 kW. The electricity is stored in a 78 kWh battery (gross, 75 kWh net). The standard range is said to be more than 270 miles.

Olly Goodall

Author:Olly Goodall
Date Updated:11th Oct 2021

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