Volvo's new C40 is a pure-electric SUV with a sleek design

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• Volvo showed its C40 Recharge, the first model in the carmaker's history designed as pure electric-only.

• The Swedish company says by 2030  it plans for every car it sells to be pure electric.

• The C40 Recharge can only be bought online and has an estimated range of 420km.


Volvo unveiled its C40 Recharge, a pure-electric SUV with a lower and sleeker design. It is based on the CMA vehicle platform and the first Volvo model in history designed as pure electric-only.

The propulsion consists of 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 offers an anticipated range of around 420km, which is expected to improve over time via over-the-air software updates.

Volvo C40 Recharge
Volvo C40 Recharge

Following the introduction of the XC40 Recharge and now the C40 Recharge, the company says it will roll out several additional electric models in coming years.

By 2025, it aims for 50% of its global sales volume to consist of fully electric cars and rest hybrids. By 2030, it plans for every car it sells to be pure electric.

"The C40 Recharge represents the future of Volvo and shows where we are going," said Henrik Green, chief technology officer.

"It is fully electric, offered online only with a convenient care package and will be available for quick delivery. Getting a new Volvo was never this attractive."
Volvo C40 Recharge
Volvo C40 Recharge

The rear of the C40 Recharge features a lower roofline, while the new front design introduces a new face for electric Volvos and includes headlights with state-of-the-art pixel-technology.

Inside, the C40 Recharge provides customers with a high seating position and is available with a range of colour and deco options unique to the model. It is also the first Volvo model to be completely leather-free.

Volvo C40 Recharge
Volvo C40 Recharge

Like the XC40 Recharge, 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 Maps, Google Assistant and the Google Play Store.

Unlimited data enables superior connectivity, and the C40 Recharge will receive software updates over the air. That means it will continue to improve over time after it has left the factory.

Volvo C40 Recharge
Volvo C40 Recharge

Online sales only

As announced yesterday, the fully electric C40 Recharge will be available online only. In line with its ambition of reducing complexity in its model offering and focus on attractive pre-selected variants, Volvo Cars have drastically simplified the consumer offering of the C40 Recharge.

When customers get a new C40 Recharge, it will come with a convenient care package that includes service, warranty, roadside assistance, and insurance and home charging options.The C40 Recharge will go into production this fall and be built alongside the XC40 Recharge at the Volvo Cars manufacturing plant in Ghent, Belgium.

Volvo C40 Recharge
Volvo C40 Recharge

XC40 Recharge 

According to Greg Maruszewski, Managing Director at Volvo Car South Africa, the launch of the C40 Recharge marks yet another significant step when it comes to Volvo Cars' commitment to minimising its environmental impact and making the cities of the future cleaner.

The next step in Volvo's local electrification journey will be the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric launch in South Africa. 

The exact timing in this regard will be communicated shortly. "While launch plans for the Volvo C40 Recharge in the South African market have yet to be finalised, I am pleased to announce we will be bringing the XC40 Recharge, our first all-electric car, to this country this year. It is a very important step in our plans," Maruszewski concludes.

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