Today is a big day for Volvo, not only because the C40 Recharge has just been presented, but also because the brand made an important announcement to us this morning. The Swedish firm has pledged to abolish combustion engines by 2030.
To achieve this, Volvo will diversify its electrical portfolio in the years to come. And it starts today with the C40 Recharge. Essentially an XC40 Coupé. Indeed, the brand’s second electric vehicle has a slightly lower and elusive roofline … in short, a sportier rear part to capitalize on the boom of the crossover-coupe. While the standard XC40 can be fitted with petrol or hybrid engines, the new C40 only embeds a 100% electric drive. But these are not the only changes. There are more changes once you take a closer look, as Volvo has also tweaked the front end by installing new headlights with ‘pixel technology’.
In addition, the bumper has also been revised slightly, now housing horizontal fog lights instead of the round blocks of the XC40 Recharge. Well, you really have to put the electric XC40 next to this brand new C40 to see what changes up front. On the other hand, the modifications made to the stern are more obvious. The tail lights now extend over the tailgate, as on the V60 and XC60. Another interesting detail that brings us to the interior is the absence of leather inside. A first for a modern Volvo.
By comparing the technical specifications of the two 100% electric Volvos currently in the catalog, we realize that they are really the same car. That said, the height of the C40 has dropped by almost seven centimeters while the length and width are on the rise slightly. As with the other Crossover-Coupés, the headroom at the rear took a hit: just over four centimeters less than in an XC40. But on the other hand, the cargo volume is practically the same for the front and rear storage compartments.
Under the “hood,” this C40 gets the same two-engine all-wheel drive setup as the XC40 Recharge, delivering a combined output of 408 hp and 660 Nm of torque. The performances are identical: 4.7 seconds for the sprint from 0 to 100 km / h before reaching a maximum of 180 km / h. Yes, it should be remembered that Volvo now limits all its new vehicles to this speed, regardless of the capacities of the on-board engine.
The 78 kWh battery, including 75 kWh of payload, has an estimated range of 420 kilometers according to the WLTP cycle. However, Volvo indicates that this data should improve over the updates that will occur live. Once you run out of battery, it will take you eight hours to charge it to 11kW, while a fast charge of 150 kW will allow you to regain 80% autonomy in 40 minutes.
Volvo will start production of the C40 Recharge this fall at the factory in Ghent, Belgium, where the XC40 is assembled. Five more electric vehicles will follow by the middle of the decade. Volvo estimates that at that time, half of its annual sales will be represented by “zero emission” cars and the other half by plug-in hybrid vehicles.