Volvo presented the C40 Recharge, a coupe SUV marketed only in electric version. This marks the beginning of a new era for the Swedish brand.
It’s an intense day of announcements for Volvo. A few hours after announcing that it wanted to become a 100% electric brand in less than ten years, the Swedish firm owned by Chinese Geely laid the first stone of this future by presenting the new C40 Recharge, an SUV cut to the size of Polestar 2.
On the design side, its features do not deny the other badged Volvo models. We find in particular optics reminiscent of the XC40 Recharge, and a roof line necessarily lower than the other electric SUV. The front has a new look, which will become that of the Volvo ‘zero emission’.
A car designed for climate change
Volvo has announced that the arrival of this C40 Recharge marks the first step into a new era. This is based on the need for change experienced by the automotive industry, particularly in electrification. The C40 recharge will be the first Volvo vehicle to be available only in an electric version.
In less than ten years, in 2030, this is what Volvo will offer for all its models, and this new SUV is leading the way. “This car shows where we are going, with fully electric cars, sold online, without leather, and available quickly”said Henrik Green, Volvo’s technical director.
The brand talks about climate change as “Ultimate test” for builders. The presentation of the C40 Recharge also revolved around Volvo’s desire to embrace this challenge. Brand CEO Hakan Samuelsson also added that “The key to sustainability is electrification”.
More than 400 km of autonomy
Volvo has not yet announced the price of its new model, but it will certainly come up to the level of the Tesla Model Y. And this C40 Recharge also promises to live a career similar to that of Elon Musk’s vehicles. The Swedish firm has indeed confirmed that the data announced today, especially in terms of autonomy, will change in the future. Numerous updates will be added to the vehicle as technologies are deployed.
Mechanically, the C40 Recharge takes over the battery capacity of the XC40 Recharge, Volvo’s first electric model. It is therefore a battery with a capacity of 78 kWh that the brand has implemented in its new model. The range announced by Volvo is 420 kilometers in the WLTP cycle. As for recharging, the manufacturer provides 40 minutes to return to 80% autonomy.
Future remote updates will change these features. The C40 Recharge has two motors, one at the front and one at the rear. Each develops 150 kW, peaking the total power of the C40 Recharge at 408 horsepower.
A high-tech car thanks to Android Automotive
Like the Volvo XC40 Recharge and the Polestar 2, the C40 Recharge will natively use Android Automotive. The infotainment system developed by Google will thus allow owners of the electric SUV to have a substantial catalog of applications. The Google Play Store is indeed included in Android Automotive, just like Google Maps or Google Assistant.
Volvo announces that the C40 Recharge will have unlimited data to enjoy unlimited online functionality. This is also what will allow the C40 Recharge to be updated remotely. The brand explains that now, “The day it leaves the factory is no longer the best day in a car’s life”.
The Volvo Care Package will also progress, to offer better services to buyers. Thus, the C40 Recharge can be accompanied by services related to maintenance, warranty, assistance, insurance and home charging.
As for the price, no announcement has been made but we can imagine its price slightly higher than that of the XC40 Recharge, sold for nearly € 60,000. Production will begin this fall in Ghent, Belgium. It is also in this factory that the XC40 Recharge is manufactured, and it is there that the future electric Volvo will be born.