Volvo unveils striking C40 Recharge as new electric SUV

Volvo unveils striking C40 Recharge as new electric SUV

The C40 is the next step in Volvo’s plan to only sell EVs by 2030

Volvo has unveiled its new C40 as an electric SUV that will serve as the firm’s entry-level EV. 

Sitting below the XC40 Recharge P8, which is just reaching showrooms, the C40 shares many styling cues with that model, especially with the front-end, but features a sloping roofline and duck tail-like spoiler that certainly makes this EV stand out from the crowd. 

It sits on the same CMA platform as the XC40, but has been designed exclusively to be an EV, with no hybrid, petrol or diesel derivatives on the way.

Powered by a 78kWh battery, Volvo claims it can travel for 261 miles on a full charge, though it says this will likely “improve over time via over-the-air software updates”. Full powertrain details haven’t been detailed, but it’s unlikely to feature the same 400bhp electric motor as the XC40. 

Inside, it’s the first Volvo to be ‘leather-free’, and is said to be available with a range of colour options exclusive to it. It’s also equipped with an Android-powered media system, which includes built-in services like Google Maps and Google Assistant.   

The new C40 Recharge will go into production in the autumn, with first deliveries expected at the end of the year, with Volvo announcing earlier today that the new model will be available to buy online only. Customers will also get a ‘care’ package included, bringing things such as servicing, roadside assistance and insurance into one monthly payment.

Volvo has also announced its ambition to only sell EVs by 2030, and phase out new plug-in hybrid models ahead of the government’s 2035 deadline.

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