A big day for Volvo, further to their announcement today about selling pure electric vehicles only online, we just received news that they have launched the new pure electric Volvo C40 Recharge. This is the latest and greatest addition to their all-electric line-up.
It’s pretty much a cross-over, the company touts it as having the benefits of a SUV but with lower and sleeker design. It is based on the CMA vehicle platform and the first Volvo model in history designed as pure electric only.
Volvo has big ambitions for their electric vehicles sales efforts, where by 2025 it aims for 50 percent of their global sales volume, and by 2030, it plans for all of their vehicles to be pure electric.
I like the design, in fact, it features on my want list. Maybe that’s because I was a fan of the XC40. This and are pretty much similar, with the new electric Volvo C40 Recharge being slightly lower. 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 Volvo C40 Recharge 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 vehicle is powered by a 78kWh battery pushing juice to the twin electric motors, one on each axle. The car can be fast-charged to 80 percent in around 40 minutes. Decent range is expected, at around 420km, and can only get better over time via the over-the-air software updates.
As announced earlier today, the fully electric C40 Recharge will be available online only.