Volvo has today unveiled a new battery-powered crossover – the C40 Recharge – as it announces new green plans to sell only electric cars exclusively online and slash the number of variants available.
The new ‘vegan Volvo’ is also the first model from the Swedish car maker to be completely leather-free, it says.
The C40 Recharge is a lower-slung and sleeker sibling of the existing XC40 SUV with a range of around 260 miles.
It is the latest step in the Swedish car firm’s electrification programme – also announced today – which is headlined by the intention to sell only pure-electric models from 2030.
Volvo’s new vegan electric vehicle: This is the just-unveiled C40 Recharge – a lower-slung version of the Swedish brand’s first pure EV, the XC40 Recharge
Prices for the C40 Recharge are expected between just under £50,000 to £60,000.
For UK markets they are expected to start a fraction under £50,000, to take advantage of the £3,000 tax-payer funded plug-in car grant – capped at that level – which could take the actual starting price paid by consumers down to £47,000.
Propulsion is from twin electric motors on the front and rear axles, powered by a 78kWh battery that can be fast-charged to 80 per cent in about 40 minutes.
It accelerates from rest to 60mph in 4.7 seconds (0 to 62mph in 4.9 seconds) up to a limited top speed of 112mph – which is the case for all Volvos sold from 2020.
Charging time to 80 per cent with 11kW AC wallbox charger takes eight hours and with a 150kw DC rapid charger 40 minutes.
Range is predicted to be around 260 miles (420 km) from launch. However, this might be extended using over-the-air software updates Volvo can send to the car, similar to system already incorporated into Tesla electric cars.
The new C40 Recharge has a range of 260 miles on a full battery. Charging time to 80% with a 11kW AC wallbox charger takes 8 hours and with a 150kw DC rapid charger 40 minutes
Prices for the C40 Recharge are expected between just under £50,000 to £60,000
For UK markets, the price of the new Volvo is expected to start a fraction under £50,000, to take advantage of the £3,000 tax-payer funded plug-in car grant – capped at that level – which could take the actual starting price paid by consumers down to £47,000
Volvo, which is owned by Chinese car giant Geely (which also owns Britain’s Lotus and LEVC taxi maker), said: ‘The future of Volvo Cars is electric and the new electric-only Volvo C40 Recharge crossover is the latest manifestation of its commitment to a zero emission future.’
The C40 Recharge Volvo’s flexible ‘scalable vehicle architecture’ and is the first Volvo model in history designed from the start as fully and only electric.
It will go in production this autumn and will be built alongside the XC40 Recharge at the Volvo Cars manufacturing plant in Ghent, Belgium.
Volvo said: ‘Following the introduction of the XC40 Recharge and now the C40 Recharge, Volvo Cars will roll out several additional fully electric models in coming years, with more to follow between 2025 and 2030.’
By 2025 it is aiming for half of its global sales to be fully electric cars, with the rest as petrol-electric hybrids. By 2030 every car it sells will be fully electric, it says.
Charge times and range capabilities might be extended using over-the-air software updates Volvo can send to the car, similar to system already incorporated into Tesla electric cars
The new zero-emission Volvo C40 Recharge accelerates from rest to 60mph in 4.7 seconds and up to a limited top speed of 112mph
Stylistically, the rear of the C40 Recharge features a striking tail light design to go with the lower roof
Stylistically, the rear of the C40 Recharge features a striking tail light design to go with the lower roof line and a new ‘face’ for electric Volvos and includes head lights with state-of-the-art pixel-technology.
Despite its lower profile, C40 Recharge offers customers the same high seating position favoured by many SUV and 4X4 drivers.
Available in a unique range of colour and decorative options it is also ‘the first Volvo model to be completely leather-free’, said the firm.
It features a premium infotainment systems on the market, jointly developed with Google and based on the Android operating system.
The C40 Recharge is Volvo’s first vegan-friendly car. It features not a single leather product
Inside the cabin is a premium infotainment systems on the market, jointly developed with Google and based on the Android operating system
Customers who buy a new C40 Recharge online will also receive a convenient care package that includes servicing, warranty, roadside assistance, as well as insurance where available and home charging options
Where available, it provides drivers with Google apps and services built-in, such as Google Maps, Google Assistant and the Google Play Store.
Will it fit in my garage?Volvo C40 Recharge
Price: from under £50,000* to £60,000 (estimate)
(*£47,000 with £3,000 plug in car grant)
Width (inc mirrors): 2,035mm
Propulsion: Twin electric motors – on the front and rear axles.
Front motor: 300kW/ 408horsepower
Rear motor: 300kW/402 horsepower
Battery power: Total: 78kWh
0-60mph: 4.7 seconds
0-62mph: 4.9 seconds
Top speed: 112mph (limited)
Electric range: 260 miles (420km)
Charging time (to 80 per cent):
11kW AC wallbox charger: 8 hours
150kw DC rapid charger: 40 minutes
Volvo said: ‘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 and is not necessarily at its best on the day it leaves the factory.’
It stressed: ‘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 the best variants only, Volvo Cars has drastically reduced the number of variants of the C40 Recharge.’
Customers who buy a new C40 Recharge online will also receive a convenient care package that includes servicing, warranty, roadside assistance, as well as insurance where available and home charging options.
Volvo’s chief technology officer Henrik Green said: ‘The C40 Recharge represents the future of Volvo and shows where we are going.
‘It is fully electric, offered online only with a convenient care package and will be available for quick delivery. Driving a new Volvo was never this attractive.’
Founded in Sweden in 1927, Volvo Cars has been owned by China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding since 2010, with global sales in 2020 of 661,713 cars in about 100 countries.
Its main car production plants are located in Gothenburg (Sweden), Ghent (Belgium), South Carolina (US), Chengdu and Daqing (China), while engines are manufactured in Skövde (Sweden) and Zhangjiakou (China) and body components in Olofström (Sweden).
It says it is committed to reducing its carbon footprint, with the ambition to be a climate-neutral company by 2040.
The C40 Recharge is the more road-bias crossover version of the existing XC40 Recharge. Both are aimed at eco-conscious families
Volvo announced earlier on Tuesday that it will be selling only pure-electric cars from 2030 – and all battery models will soon be sold exclusively online
The C40 marks the second phase in Volvo’s drive to electrify its entire car range by the end of the decade. By 2025 it is aiming for half of its global sales to be fully electric cars, with the rest as petrol-electric hybrids
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