The way forward for Volvo Automobiles is electrical and the brand new Volvo C40 Recharge is the most recent manifestation of its dedication to a zero emissions. By 2025, Volvo’s purpose is for 50% of its world gross sales quantity to include absolutely electrical automobiles, and 50% hybrids. By 2030, it plans for each automotive it sells to be pure electrical.
12 months-to-date gross sales numbers point out Volvo’s technique is trending in a constructive route for the enduring Swedish model, at the moment owned by Chinese language firm Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, as Volvo has tripled gross sales of its Recharge fashions over earlier yr gross sales.
For the 2022 mannequin yr, if the brand new C40 Recharge is a sign of the efficiency, security and high quality of Volvo full-electric fashions, then the way forward for the model is ready.
Brussels and Ghent, Belgium served because the gorgeous backdrop for our drive of the 2022 C40 Recharge, the right vacation spot given the truth that the automotive is constructed alongside the XC40 Recharge on the Volvo Automobiles manufacturing plant in Ghent.
The C40 Recharge has all the advantages of an SUV however with a decrease and sleeker design. Suppose XC40 SUV, with the so-called “four-door coupe” execution. It’s based mostly on the CMA automobile platform and the primary Volvo mannequin in historical past designed as pure electrical solely.
The general look works, because the lengthy hood and sloping roof line that flows right into a excessive, shorter rear part make the C40 look aggressive, with a plus to the good-looking 20-inch alloy wheels that don’t scream “That is an electrical automotive” for accentuating the general sport-ute like peak of the automobile. A pair of roof mounted winglets and rear spoiler add to the aggressive look.
Quite a lot of cool colours can be found, however my cash is on the gorgeous Fjord Blue metallic. All C40 colours function contrasting roof shade.
Inside, the C40 Recharge gives prospects with the excessive seating place that the majority Volvo drivers want. Additionally it is the primary Volvo mannequin to be utterly leather-free. All interiors are black, though you may get color-coordinated door playing cards.
Overhead, a full glass panoramic roof offers the inside an open, ethereal really feel. The so-called “Topography” entrance passenger-side panel mimics the structure of the Abisko Nationwide Park in Sweden, and is backlit at night time. It’s an upscale look that’s a welcome addition to the C40 inside.
The infotainment system was collectively developed with Google and relies on the Android working system. It gives shoppers with Google apps and providers built-in, akin to Google Maps, Google Assistant and the Google Play Retailer. Apple Automobile Play will likely be obtainable within the close to future. The 12.3-inch driver show and 9-inch middle touchscreen present all pertinent data, and the middle display screen is voice and contact enabled. Over-the-air software program updates could be scheduled or set to obtain mechanically.
The inside is welcoming for giant and tall of us, not less than up entrance. I’m 6’9” tall and weigh 275 kilos, and I had loads of head, leg and physique room. The sloping roof relegates shorter of us to the rear row of this five-seater.
The C40 Recharge affords first rate cargo capability (rear hatch with seats folded and entrance “frunk”), and a most towing capability of 2000 kilos.
Volvo C40 Drive Expertise
Full electrical autos provide silent thrust that’s infinitely addictive. The twin motor AWD P8 drivetrain within the C40 is sweet for a 0-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds, and 225 miles of vary. Vary totals are anticipated by Volvo to enhance over time through the brand new Vary Assistant app, which permits over-the-air software program updates to the battery administration system, improve regeneration efficiency, and improve pre-conditioning the batteries. The 78-kWh battery pack could be quick charged to 80% in simply 40 minutes. Energy output is 402-horsepower and 487 lb-ft of torque.
Driving throughout scenic Belgium was a nice expertise. Nice acceleration, coupled with competent dealing with made the drive tremendous satisfying. The C40’s “one pedal” regen system works extraordinarily nicely, and you may dial within the aggressiveness of the system to your particular tastes.
Volvo C40 Guarantee/Service Info
C40 Recharge’s “Handy Care” commonplace shopper package deal contains Put on Protection (4 years/40,000 miles), Manufacturing facility Scheduled Upkeep (additionally 4/40,000), Bumper-to-Bumper New Automobile Guarantee (4/50,000), and Excessive Voltage Drive Battery protection (8/100,000). The C40 Care Provide additionally comes with 250 kW of DC quick charging with Electrify America, an EV charging firm; and Electrify America’s Cross + for one yr, which supplies you a kWh fee low cost on quick charging.
“The C40 Recharge represents the way forward for Volvo and exhibits the place we’re going,” mentioned Henrik Inexperienced, chief know-how officer. “It’s absolutely electrical, provided on-line solely with a handy care package deal and will likely be obtainable for fast supply. Getting a brand new Volvo was by no means this enticing.”
Volvo C40 Recharge pricing begins at $58,750, earlier than Federal and state tax incentives. There’s a $1,095 Vacation spot payment.