The Volvo XC40 Recharge is barely out of the gate and the Swedish automaker is already unveiling its subsequent electric vehicle. The C40 Recharge is simply Volvo’s second pure battery-electric automotive. A barely shorter and extra streamlined model of the XC40 Recharge, the C40 Recharge will be constructed on the identical modular platform as the automaker’s first EV and will go into manufacturing at Volvo’s Ghent, Belgium, manufacturing unit in fall 2021.
Volvo says that the C40 Recharge “has all the advantages of an SUV however with a decrease and sleeker design.” The roof line is decrease and the rear portion tapers off extra step by step than the XC40 Recharge. Essentially the most vital distinction is the top, with the C40 Recharge measuring a full three inches shorter than its predecessor. Volvo received’t go as far as to name it a hatchback or wagon, but it surely does seem to share some traits with Volvo’s discontinued V40.
The discharge of the C40 Recharge will get Volvo one step nearer to its aim of electrifying half of its lineup by 2025. Earlier right now, Volvo mentioned it could go 100% electric by 2030. The automaker has additionally mentioned it will slash the life-cycle carbon footprint — successfully the CO2 emissions the automotive will produce throughout its life with each manufacturing and utilization taken under consideration — on every automotive by 40 p.c by the identical yr.
one step nearer to its aim of electrifying half of its lineup by 2025
The C40 Recharge is estimated to get the identical vary — 210 miles based mostly on the EPA’s normal or 420km based mostly on Europe’s WLTP — as the XC40 Recharge. Volvo says that vary will enhance with over-the-air software program updates in the future. Will the value be the identical as the XC40 Recharge, too? We don’t know but as a result of Volvo shouldn’t be releasing that data at the moment.
Volvo additionally didn’t present any pictures of the inside, however we will in all probability assume it received’t be too completely different from the XC40 Recharge. The corporate says the C40 Recharge’s infotainment software program will be powered by Android Automotive, that means it will use in style apps like Google Maps and Google Assistant as its default options. That is additionally much like the XC40 Recharge and Polestar 2 from Volvo and father or mother firm Geely’s joint efficiency model.
The C40 Recharge will run on two electric motors, one in the entrance and one in the rear of the vehicle. A 78kWh battery pack — 75kWh of which is usable — powers the dual-motor powertrain with a complete of 402 horsepower and a 0-to-60 mph time of 4.7 seconds. The headlights are model new as nicely, that includes “state-of-the-art” pixel expertise.
The battery expenses from zero to 80 p.c of its capability in 40 minutes on a 150kWh/DC fast-charger system, the automaker claims. On an AC charger with 11kWh, the C40 Recharge’s battery will take eight hours to get to 80 p.c.
Automobile sellers have been recognized to be reluctant to inventory and promote electric automobiles for years, and Volvo goals to sidestep this challenge by providing the new C40 Recharge on the market on-line solely. The automaker has also said it goals to promote 50 p.c of its world quantity on-line by 2025.
Hopefully, the C40 Recharge will be capable of keep away from a few of the software program issues of its predecessors. Yesterday, The Verge reported that an unknown variety of XC40 Recharge SUV deliveries had been delayed by an important software program replace that was retaining them held up at US ports.
Amongst its daring environmental pledges, Volvo has additionally mentioned it will cut back the carbon output of its complete operations by 25 p.c, together with its suppliers, additionally by 2025. If all the pieces goes in accordance with plan, the quantity of recycling and reuse of supplies in Volvo’s provide chain will dramatically enhance. By 2025, Volvo expects each vehicle to comprise 25 p.c recycled materials.
Since Volvo made its pledge to affect half of its lineup, different automakers have upped the ante. GM mentioned it could solely promote electric autos by 2040, whereas Ford just lately introduced it could be EV-only in Europe by 2030. The Volkswagen Group, which owns Audi, Skoda, Porsche, and others, says its complete lineup will be electric or hybrid by 2026.