Volvo Cars has launched its new, all-electric SUV, the Volvo C40 Recharge, as part of its efforts to have an all-electric lineup by 2030.
The C40 Recharge has all the benefits of an SUV but with a lower and sleeker design, the company said, and is based on the CMA vehicle platform. It is the first Volvo model designed as all-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 aims for 50% 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 all-electric.
“The C40 Recharge represents the future of Volvo and shows where we are going,” said Henrik Green, chief technology officer. “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.”
The rear of the C40 Recharge features a striking rear-end design to go with the lower roofline, while the new front design introduces a new face for electric Volvos and includes headlights with pixel-technology, the company said.
Inside, the C40 Recharge provides customers with a high seating position and is available with a range of color 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 an infotainment system 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 connectivity and the C40 Recharge will receive software updates over the air.
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% 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 simplified the consumer offering of the C40 Recharge, the company said.
When customers get a new C40 Recharge, it will come with a care package that includes items such as service, warranty, roadside assistance, as well as insurance and home charging options.
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.