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Volvo launches C40 Recharge fully electric SUV – for online sales only

Volvo launches C40 Recharge fu...
The new C40 Recharge will be Volvo's first vehicle designed from the ground up to be an EV
The new C40 Recharge will be Volvo's first vehicle designed from the ground up to be an EV
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Volvo will be rolling out an updated Care by Volvo app that includes online sales for EVs like the C40 Recharge
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Volvo will be rolling out an updated Care by Volvo app that includes online sales for EVs like the C40 Recharge
“The C40 Recharge represents the future of Volvo and shows where we are going,” said Henrik Green, chief technology officer at Volvo
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“The C40 Recharge represents the future of Volvo and shows where we are going,” said Henrik Green, chief technology officer at Volvo
The rear of the C40 Recharge features a striking rear-end design to go with the lower roof line
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The rear of the C40 Recharge features a striking rear-end design to go with the lower roof line
The C40 Recharge has all the benefits of an SUV but with a lower and sleeker design
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The C40 Recharge has all the benefits of an SUV but with a lower and sleeker design
The C40 Recharge is based on the CMA global platform Volvo uses for its new vehicle designs
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The C40 Recharge is based on the CMA global platform Volvo uses for its new vehicle designs
Following the introduction of the XC40 Recharge and now the C40 Recharge, Volvo Cars will roll out several additional electric models in coming years
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Following the introduction of the XC40 Recharge and now the C40 Recharge, Volvo Cars will roll out several additional electric models in coming years
By 2025, Volvo aims for 50 percent of its global sales volume to consist of fully electric cars, with the rest being hybrids
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By 2025, Volvo aims for 50 percent of its global sales volume to consist of fully electric cars, with the rest being hybrids
The new C40 Recharge will be Volvo's first vehicle designed from the ground up to be an EV
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The new C40 Recharge will be Volvo's first vehicle designed from the ground up to be an EV
Volvo plans for every car it sells to be fully electric by 2030
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Volvo plans for every car it sells to be fully electric by 2030
Volvo's new C40 Recharge combines a car and SUV in a way that the crossover focuses on the car as a road
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Volvo's new C40 Recharge combines a car and an SUV
Volvo has not announced performance metrics for the C40 Recharge, but it's expected to be quick and car-like in its feel
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Volvo has not announced performance metrics for the C40 Recharge, but it's expected to be quick and car-like in its feel
Infotainment in the Volvo C40 Recharge uses the new Google-designed, Android-based system found in all new Volvos
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Infotainment in the Volvo C40 Recharge uses the new Google-designed, Android-based system found in all new Volvos
Integration between the infotainment screen and the adaptive, fully virtual driver information and cluster can pass back and forth in the C40 Recharge
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Integration between the infotainment screen and the adaptive, fully virtual driver information and cluster can pass back and forth in the C40 Recharge
The C40 Recharge will be the first Volvo offered without any leather options
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The C40 Recharge will be the first Volvo offered without any leather options
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Volvo has launched a new battery-electric crossover, the C40 Recharge, which is the first Volvo ever designed to be electric-only. The automaker has also announced that all EV sales will move to an online platform.

The C40 will be the first of the Volvo EVs sold on the upcoming Care by Volvo platform for online and mobile purchasing and customer care. Online sales for Volvo EVs will be handled through the company’s newly-revamped VolvoCars.com website, channeling buyers through the purchase process, and ultimately to a nearby dealership to pick up their vehicle.

The new Volvo is smaller in stature than the XC40 crossover and, while having a crossover-SUV-style design, it's more car-like than it is sport-utility in overall build. A lower roofline, lower ground clearance, and lower center of gravity are major differences to be seen. The C40 Recharge is built on the same CMA global platform as most new Volvo vehicles.

The C40 Recharge will be the first Volvo offered without any leather options
The C40 Recharge will be the first Volvo offered without any leather options

The interior features color and decor options unique to this model, which will be the first Volvo offered completely leather-free. Volvo’s new Google-developed Android-based infotainment will also feature prominently in the C40.

The vehicle is powered by a 78-kWh battery pack that is capable of DC fast charging to 80 percent in 40 minutes. The batteries power twin electric motors, one on each axle, for all-wheel drive. Anticipated range is 261 miles (420 km) per charge. Volvo expects this will improve over time as over-the-air software updates boost systems. Those OTA updates happen thanks to an unlimited data plan pre-installed in every C40.

The Volvo C40 Recharge will go into production this Fall (Northern Hemisphere) alongside the XC40 Recharge at Volvo’s Belgian plant. It is still awaiting EPA ratings for US sales. Volvo has not yet announced pricing or market availability, but clearly seems to be aiming for European and North American sales.

The automaker aims for 50 percent of its global sales volume to consist of fully electric cars by 2025, with the rest being hybrids.

Source: Volvo [2]

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3 comments
michael_dowling
The price is surprisingly low,~ $35K for the base model. I like the online sales idea,similar to Tesla. Will wait for reviews of this car.
BlueOak
“Online sales for Volvo EVs will be handled through the company’s newly-revamped VolvoCars.com website, channeling buyers through the purchase process, and ultimately to a nearby dealership to pick up their vehicle.”

One wonders how much of a kickback to dealers in the US will be necessary for that online sales only model.
ReservoirPup
Will wait till it shows up on Amazon or Aliexpress.