Volvo introduced that its lineup will consist solely of electrical vehicles by the top of this decade. And it took a step towards that purpose by revealing a brand new absolutely electrical automotive, the Volvo C40 Recharge.
Introduced on Wednesday, the C40 Recharge is pretty much like the opposite absolutely electrical Volvo automotive, the XC40 Recharge, albeit it is rather less of an SUV and extra of a hatchback. Volvo says it has “all the advantages of an SUV,” together with a excessive seating place, however with an general decrease, sleeker design.
Visually, the C40 is a extra muscular, barely greater tackle the hatchback, that shares simply sufficient DNA with an SUV to be enticing to, properly, just about everybody, judging by SUV and crossover sales figures.
The C40 is powered by twin electrical motors, one on the entrance and one on the rear axle, and will get energy from a 78kWh battery that has a variety of round 420 kilometers (or about 260 miles) in keeping with Volvo, although the corporate hopes to enhance that over time with over-the-air software program updates. The automotive accelerates from 0-60mph in 4.7 seconds with a high pace of 112 mph. Volvo says quick charging will get you 80 p.c battery in about 40 minutes.
Inside, the C40 Recharge may have the identical infotainment system because the XC40. It is collectively developed by Google and Volvo, primarily based on Android, and comes with built-in Google apps and providers resembling Maps, Assistant and Play Retailer.
Volvo shall be providing the C40 on-line solely as a way to “scale back complexity” of its mannequin providing. The corporate plans to start out manufacturing the C40 Recharge this fall in its plant in Ghent, Belgium, although there is not any phrase on the provision date or worth.
As for its roadmap, Volvo says the C40 is one among a number of electrical fashions that can develop into accessible “within the coming years.” The corporate says fuel engines are a factor of the previous, and plans to solely provide electrical fashions by 2030. With the transfer, Volvo joins quite a few different automotive producers, together with Ford, GM and Jaguar Land Rover, who’ve promised to modify to electrical vehicles solely (or largely) within the subsequent 5 to 10 years.