The new Volvo C40 Recharge – the first ever Volvo model designed only as pure electric – will have an electric range of 261 miles.
The C40 Recharge has a close resemblance to the XC40 Recharge SUV but with a lower roof line.
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 420km (261 miles), which is expected to improve over time via over-the-air software updates.
Inside, the C40 Recharge is the first Volvo model to be completely leather-free. And like the XC40 Recharge, the C40 Recharge comes with an infotainment system 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 better 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 fully electric C40 Recharge will be available online only and it will come with a convenient care package that includes items such as servicing, warranty, roadside assistance, as well as insurance and home charging options.
The C40 Recharge will go into production this autumn and will be built alongside the XC40 Recharge at the Volvo Cars manufacturing plant in Ghent, Belgium.
By 2025, Volvo aims for 50 per cent 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.