Volvo has finally taken the wraps off the second all-electric model in its Recharge line-up, with the 2022 Volvo C40 bringing what the company describes as a sleek, crossover-coupe style option to the electric vehicle segment.
This new model joins the Volvo XC40 Recharge, the automaker’s all-electric compact crossover. Where that model was a version of a model offered with internal-combustion drivetrains, however, the C40 Recharge will only be offered in battery-electric form.
Compared to the XC40 Recharge, it has a lower profile and a sleeker, coupe like roofline that tapers at the rear with distinctive segmented taillamps. At the front, there are Pixel Technology headlamps. For specifics, there’ll be all-wheel drive using twin motors; one at the front, one at the rear.
That will offer an anticipated range of around 420 km. Volvo expects it to do 0-100 km/h in 4.7 seconds.
As for the battery, there Volvo will be using a 78 kWh pack that supports 150 DC fast charging: figure on 80-percent of a charge in around 40 minutes. Still, according to Volvo Chief Technology Officer Henrik Green, the range that the C40 Recharge leaves the factory with won’t be the range it always offers.
That’s because Volvo expects to push out improvements – both the how far the battery will take you, and for other car features – using the OTA (over-the-air) system. The C40 Recharge will run Android Automotive OS, and have unlimited data for accessing things like Google Maps, the Google Assistant, and apps from the Google Play store. It’ll be part of a familiar cabin design that’s also 100-percent leather free
It comes hot on the heels of Volvo’s big electrification announcement earlier today, a dual-pronged attempt at sustainability. By 2025, Volvo expects half of its sales to be of pure-electric models. Come 2030, all of the new cars Volvo offers will be pure-electric BEVs, and by 2040 the automaker will be fully carbon-neutral.
Volvo hasn’t given an on-sale date for the C40 Recharge yet, nor pricing, though the car will go into production later this year.