Volvo is adamant about further expanding its fleet of electric vehicles (EVs). To do that, they recently revealed a new electric model. Unlike the XC40 Recharge, Volvo’s latest EV takes on a slightly different form.
It’s called the C40 Recharge, and it’s the brand’s first-ever crossover-coupe EV. But did Volvo simply rebody the XC40 and call it a day? It's much more than that, said the Swedish automaker.
According to Volvo, the C40 Recharge features all of the advantages of an SUV but comes with a sleeker design. They also made the extra effort of giving the C40 Recharge several unique styling touches. These include a sportier front bumper compared to the XC40 Recharge, along with new headlights.
At the cost of having a sportier exterior, the C40 Recharge has less headroom than most Volvo crossovers. It does, however, have a higher seating position which will help drivers and passengers have a more comfortable ride. Don’t expect to find any leather upholstery inside the C40 Recharge. Volvo said this is their first model to come without that option to make it more environmentally friendly.
A large touchscreen houses the comprehensive and Android-powered infotainment system. It has built-in services and apps from Google like Google Maps, Google Assistant, and Google PlayStore. It also supports over-the-air (OTA) updates for the system to be bang up-to-date with the latest apps.
At the heart of the C40 Recharge is a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive powertrain. Like the EV version of the XC40, it makes an impressive 402 PS along with a staggering 660 Nm of torque. It allows the C40 Recharge to go from 0 - 97 km/h in 4.7 seconds and hit an electronically-limited top speed of 180 km/h. Don't expect the C40 to come available with an internal combustion engine. Volvo is firm that they will not put in a fuel-fed powertrain in their coupe-crossover.
With a 78-kWh battery pack, the EV can travel for 420 km on a single charge based on the WLTP cycle. Recharging the C40 from empty with a standard 11 kW charging outlet will take around 8 hours. Meanwhile, a fast-charging 150 kW system will allow the EV to reach 80% battery capacity in just 40 minutes.
With Volvo planning to phase out internal combustion engines by 2030, the company is fast-tracking its transition to becoming an EV company. They also plan to release five more EVs in the coming years. So if you still plan on buying a Volvo with an internal combustion engine, you have less than a decade to get one.