Volvo Cars opens its order books for its new all-electric C40 Recharge

The C40 Recharge is the latest manifestation of Volvo Cars’ aim for 50 percent of its global sales to be fully electric cars by 2025

By
Ian Osborne
June 4, 2021
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EV Life

Volvo Cars have officially opened their order books for the C40 Recharge, the company’s latest fully electric model. Customers can order from the comfort of their own home, or place an online order together with their retailer as of this week.

In line with its ambition of reducing complexity in its model portfolio and focus on attractive pre-selected variants, Volvo Cars has drastically simplified the consumer offering of the C40 Recharge.

When customers get a new C40 Recharge, it will come with a convenient care offer including items such as servicing, warranty, roadside assistance, as well as insurance and home charging options where available.

Lex Kerssemakers, head of global commercial operations at Volvo Cars, said: “We call it the future of Volvo. That is because our Volvo C40 Recharge is more than just a new car. It is our first ever electric-only model and represents a significant step in our plan to move online for the benefit of consumer convenience. It is, in short, a completely new take on a Volvo.”

The C40 Recharge is the latest manifestation of Volvo Cars’ commitment to a zero-emission future. The company will roll out several additional electric models in the coming years and aims for 50 percent of its global sales volume to consist of fully electric cars by 2025. By 2030, it plans for every car it sells to be pure electric.

The C40 Recharge has all the benefits of an SUV but with a lower and sleeker design, similar to many of the more efficient crossover designs. It’s powered by a 78kWh battery that offers a range of up to 261 miles (420km) and can be fast-charged to 80 percent capacity in around 40 minutes. This is expected to improve over time via over-the-air software updates.

The C40 Recharge will go into production this autumn and will be built alongside the XC40 Recharge at the Volvo Cars manufacturing plant in Ghent, Belgium. First UK deliveries are expected in early 2022. After this, customers will also be able to test drive and experience the car at Volvo retailers.

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