Motoring

All-New Volvo C40 Recharge

Written by Tim Barnes-Clay

Volvo Cars has started production of the C40 Recharge, its latest fully electric model, at its manufacturing plant in Ghent, Belgium.

The C40 Recharge is Volvo‘s second fully electric car and is the latest in a series of new pure electric vehicles to be launched in the coming years. By 2030, the automaker aims to sell only fully electric cars, one of the most ambitious electrification strategies in the auto industry. It also intends to be a climate-neutral company by 2040.

Volvo is increasing electric car capacity at the Ghent facility considerably, to 135,000 cars per year, and already expects more than half of the plant’s production volume in 2022 to consist of fully electric cars.

Landmark

A landmark car for the company, the C40 Recharge offers the benefits of an SUV but with a lower and sleeker design. The rear of the model features a striking design to go with the lower roof line, while the front introduces a fresh face for electric Volvos and includes headlights with state-of-the-art pixel technology.

Inside, the C40 Recharge provides a high seating position, and it’s available with colour and deco options unique to the model. It is also the first Volvo 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 you with Google apps and services built in, such as Google Assistant, Google Maps and Google Play.

Unlimited data enables superior connectivity and the C40 Recharge is designed to receive software updates over the air. That means it will continue to improve over time after it has left the factory.

Range

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 from 10 to 80 per cent in about 40 minutes. It offers an anticipated range of around 273 miles.

UK Care by Volvo subscription prices for the C40 Recharge start at £729 a month. More information is available here.

So, dads – you’ve got the heads-up. First UK deliveries are expected in early 2022, when you’ll also be able to test drive and experience the car at your Volvo retailer.

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