Volvo has announced a new electric vehicle, the C40 Recharge compact four-door fastback sedan. The new EV is based on the same underlying platform as the existing XC40 Recharge electric crossover SUV. Further, the C40 Recharge will be sold only through online orders rather than the traditional dealer network. Finally, Volvo executives stated that the company plans to sell only electric cars by 2030.
“The C40 Recharge represents the future of Volvo and shows where we are going,” said Henrik Green, Volvo’s chief technology officer. “It is fully electric, offered online only with a convenient care package and will be available for quick delivery.”
Learn more about Volvo Recharge vehicles at Volvo’s website.
The new sedan’s propulsion system (402 hp/486 lb-ft of torque) is identical to the existing XC40 Recharge. The all-wheel-drive system consists of two electric motors, one for the front wheels and one for the rear wheels. Electric energy is stored in a 78 kilowatt-hour (75 kWH usable) battery pack. Volvo anticipates EPA-certified range of 210 miles. Volvo stated that the C40 will support DC fast charging, and can be fast-charged to 80 percent of capacity in about 40 minutes.
Outside, the C40 closely resembles the XC40 crossover, but with a sloping fastback roofline and larger rear side windows. A new EV front end treatment sets the C40 apart and includes advanced pixel technology headlights. In the cabin, the C40 Recharge offers a high seating position and a range of interior design choices, all leather-free.
The infotainment system has been specially developed in partnership with Google and is based on the Android operating system. The system supports Google apps and services including Google Maps and Google Assistant. The C40 Recharge is designed to receive over-the-air (OTA) updates to infotainment and vehicle management systems.
The C40 Recharge will go in production in the fall of 2021 and will be built alongside the XC40 Recharge in Ghent, Belgium. Volvo stated that the C40 Recharge will come with a care package that includes items such as service, warranty, roadside assistance, as well as insurance and home charging options. Existing Volvo dealers will handle vehicle delivery and service. Pricing for the C40 has not been announced.
Volvo’s other news was at least as important as the unveiling of the C40 Recharge. Executives outlined plans to become a fully electric car company with all online sales by 2030. Towards that goal, Volvo will launch several additional electric models in the next few years.
“There is no long-term future for cars with an internal combustion engine,” Green stated. “We are firmly committed to becoming an electric-only car maker and the transition should happen by 2030.”
Volvo is the first traditional automaker to put a hard end date on the internal combustion engine, and its plans for direct online sales will fundamentally change the way Volvos are sold and serviced. The Volvo C40 Recharge is a step toward the company’s ultimate goal.