Volvo ramps up electrification with 2021 Volvo C40 Recharge

Jason · Mar 3, 2021 01:00 PM

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Volvo is intent on walking the talk when it comes to phasing out internal combustion engines (ICE). Following its plans to go fully electric by 2030, Volvo has unveiled another pure electric model, the Volvo C40 Recharge. 

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The C40 is based on the Volvo's CMA platform and is the first Volvo model in history designed as a pure electric car (whereas the recently-launched XC40 Recharge T5 is just an PHEV variant of regular combustion engine XC40). Volvo says this will be the first of an assault of pure electric vehicles. 

Highlights

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The C40's new front design introduces a new face for electric Volvos, whilst still incorporating classic Volvo proportions. The rear of the C40 Recharge features a striking rear-end design to go with the lower roof line, and includes head lights with state-of-the-art pixel-technology.

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Over to the interior, the C40 Recharge provides customers with the high seating position that most Volvo drivers prefer, paired with a typical minimalist Swedish ambience. Significantly, it is also the first Volvo model to be completely leather-free.

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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*.

What's 'electrifying' it?

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Power comes from 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.

Is it in production already?

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The C40 Recharge will begin production in fall of 2021 and is to be built alongside the XC40 Recharge at the Volvo plant in Ghent, Belgium. Closer to home, Volvo Car Malaysia's line-up is now all electrified, all PHEV, which is unprecedented. What do you think? Would you like to see this model make landfall in Malaysia?

Jason

Road Test Editor

Jason's foremost passion is all things automotive, where he spent his formative working years as a Product Planner and Trainer. An Advanced Driving Instructor by training and an all-round enthusiast, Jason loves going into intricate details about driving dynamics. Will drive anything with 4 wheels and a steering.

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