The C40 Recharge is more streamlined than the XC40 Recharge, is built using the same modular platform for the company’s first electric vehicle, and goes into production at the Volvo plant in Belgium in the fall of 2021.
Volvo says: The C40 Recharge has all the benefits of an SUV but with a lesser, more elegant design, with the roof line lower and the rear tapering down more than the XC40 Recharge.
The most important difference is the height, as the new car is three inches shorter than its predecessor, and although the company does not classify it as a hatchback, it appears that it shares some characteristics with the Volvo V40.
The launch of C40 Recharge helps bring Volvo one step closer to its goal of electrifying half of its range by 2025.
Earlier in the day, Volvo said it would become fully electric by 2030, while reducing its lifecycle carbon footprint – the carbon dioxide emissions a car produces during its lifetime while taking both manufacturing and use into account – for each car by 40 percent by the same year. .
The C40 Recharge is estimated to have a range of 340 kilometers based on an EPA standard, and Volvo says that range improves with software updates over the air in the future.
The car infotainment software is powered by Android Automotive, which means it uses popular apps such as Google Maps and Google Assistant as default features.
The car is powered by two electric motors, one in the front and the other in the rear of the car, and there is a 78 kW battery – 75 kW of which is usable – to operate the twin-engine powertrain with a total of 402 hp and a time from 0 to 100 km per hour in 4.7 seconds.
The automaker claims that the battery charges from 0 to 80 percent of its capacity in 40 minutes via its 150 kW fast charger system.
For an AC charger with a capacity of 11 kW, the charging process takes eight hours to reach 80 percent.
Car dealers are known to be reluctant to sell electric cars, and Volvo aims to avoid this problem by offering the new C40 Recharge for sale online only.
The automaker also said it aims to sell 50 percent of the global amount online by 2025.