Volvo Cars has officially opened order books for the C40 Recharge, the company’s latest fully electric model.
The new EV is available online via volvocars.com in markets across Europe as of this week. Customers will be able to order from the comfort of their own home or place an online order together with their retailer.
When customers get a new C40 Recharge, it will come with a convenient Care offer including items such as service, warranty, roadside assistance, as well as insurance and home charging options where available, according to Lex Kerssemakers, head of global commercial operations at Volvo Cars.
“We call it the future of Volvo,” he said. “That is because our Volvo C40 Recharge is more than just a new car. It is our first ever electric-only model and represents a significant step in our plan to move online for the benefit of consumer convenience. It is, in short, a completely new take on a Volvo.”
The C40 Recharge is the latest manifestation of Volvo Cars’ commitment to a zero-emission future. The company will roll out several additional electric models in coming years and aims for 50% of its global sales volume to consist of fully electric cars by 2025. By 2030, it plans for every car it sells to be pure electric.
As WhichEV reported, the C40 is based on the CMA vehicle platform and it will be equipped with 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% in about 40 minutes. It will offer an anticipated range of around 420km (261 miles).
The C40 Recharge has all the benefits of an SUV but with a lower and sleeker design. It features a striking rear-end design to go with the lower roof line, while the new front design introduces a new face for electric Volvos and includes headlights with state-of-the-art pixel technology.
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 Assistant, Google Maps and Google Play.
Also, unlimited data enables superior connectivity, and the C40 Recharge is designed to receive software updates over the air. That means it will continue to improve over time after it has left the factory.
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.