Volvo today launched its second electric powered car, the new C40. Motorhub was virtually in Gothenburg for the reveal.
Youthful dancers introduced the event by hoping all over Volvo’s first EV an XC40 Recharge in a manner that would have you shouting “Get the feck away from my car!” Joking aside, Volvo used the event to stress how the world and the automotive industry is changing. Volvo is changing too and told us that all its electric cars (EVs) will be available to buy ‘online only’. They will have set pricing and come with winter tyres as standard. Lex Kerssemakers, Head of global commercial operations said “Electric is where the growth is in the premium electric car part of the market”.
The new C40 Recharge is a SUV crossover with a sloping hatchback and cutting edge Volvo exterior design. The interior is stuffed with coolness and as you’d expect great connectivity. Volvo says the C40 Recharge has all the benefits of an SUV but with a lower and sleeker design. It is based on the CMA vehicle platform and the first Volvo model in history designed as pure 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. Already by 2025, it 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 pure electric.
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 C40 Recharge provides customers with the high seating position that most Volvo drivers prefer, while it is available with a range of colour and trim 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 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 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 per cent 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. The C40 Recharge will go in production this autunm and will be built alongside the XC40 Recharge at the Volvo Cars manufacturing plant in Ghent, Belgium.
1 in 3 Volvos sold last year were PHEV plug in hybrid – but Volvo says its electric cars are the future – see our new story here: http://motorhub.ie/volvo-goes-electric/ We can expect to see the Volvo C40 in Ireland in early 2022.