Volvo made no secret of its plans to get green by 2030, first introducing the XC40 Recharge SUV in 2019, and then teaming up with Geely Corporation to develop its EV Polestar line performance. And early next year, the XC will be joined by a sleeker, more curved sibling called the C40 Recharge. C stands for coupe.
You see, the XC40 and C40 are pretty much the same vehicle, at least under the hood. The two – along with Polestar 2 – have the same Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform that Volvo plans to build its future EV fleet. As such, the C40 and XC40 offer literally identical performance profiles. They share a 78 kWh battery (75 kWh effective) that produces 408 hp and 486 lb-ft of torque on all four wheels, giving both cars 0-60 times of 4.7 seconds, a top speed of 112 km / h and an estimated 210 miles of range.
And, like its predecessor, the C40 Recharge will do so at speeds of up to 150kW on the L3 DC charger, allowing it to charge its energy cells with basically dead up to 80% capacity in 40 minutes. The C40 charger can also accept power from level 2 (220 V), which requires about 8 hours to fully charge. You can technically charge the C40 on a standard 110V outlet – Volvo includes an adapter for that as standard – but the company positions that charging level as higher charging, the ability to charge from a fully charged fully discharged battery.
As a Volvo spokesman explained to Engadget on Wednesday, the company envisions drivers using level 3 fast charging stations located along their driving locations as fast charging points – stopping for 5-10 minutes, taking a cup of coffee while waiting – while using a home L2 charger for fully charging the battery overnight, like a mobile phone control.
C and XC are easily recognizable from the outside. Although the XC40 sticks to the classic SUV-style settings, the C actually stands about 3 inches shorter overall and has a wide curved roofline that falls into an overturned spoiler – resulting in a coupe designation. I am amazed by the style, especially the Fjord Blue color scheme, which mimics the color of Swedish local waters, as well as the glass roof.
The interior is even more impressive. First of all, you won’t find a speck of skin there. The floor coverings are made from a recycled water bottle, as are the stunningly realistic artificial antelope seats. “It’s a very practical, sustainable solution, which tries to take us away from traditional luxury,” a Volvo design representative told Engadget. “I think our future of luxury is more about the simplicity of something. No, how many layers of wood and how many buttons you can have, it’s more about experience. “A unique aspect of this experience is the prominent panels that run through the C40 Recharge cabin, which show the topographic characteristics of the Swedish National Park.
The cabin itself is quite minimalist, though you’ll find plenty of storage space subtly placed around the front seats with smooth holders for everything from travel cups to credit cards. The dashboard consists of the front and middle information entertainment system Android Auto, a series of physical buttons and buttons that control sound reproduction, defrosting the front and rear, and the dangers are just below. Although I am personally a fan of tactile controls, the C40 controls will not be of much use to them due to the ever-present Android Assistant. You’ll be able to control the stereo, make calls, send text messages, adjust air conditioners, and even turn on the heated steering wheel. Assistant locating and assessing charging stations along your route should prove particularly useful for electric vehicle adopters, Volvo officials explained Wednesday, not only warning drivers where those stations are, but also what connections they offer and the vehicle’s battery status once it arrives.
Volvo has not yet officially announced its MSRP for the C40 Recharge, so it will be interesting to see how it could compare to the expected competition, assuming the price of the C40 ultimately costs approximately $ 54,000 as its predecessor the XC. For example, the Model Y Long Range ranges from $ 52,490 and gets 100 miles or more of distance using a battery of equal size. The Audi Q4 e-tron on the other hand manages to achieve the same range on a surprisingly small package of 52 kWh. However, for the sake of fairness, its 0-60 is 9 seconds, and is currently sold only in Europe. Then you have an ID.4 that starts at $ 40,000 and boasts 50 miles more range, but, at least in my opinion, doesn’t offer exactly the same level of refinement as I saw in the C40 Recharge.
The C40 is expected to hit the U.S. streets in the first quarter of 2022, but will not be available for sale through Volvo dealerships. You will be able to see them in the showroom, of course, as well as test drive them, pick up yours from there and take it to a service center if you buy it. However, the purchase process itself takes place exclusively online. You can book it today for $ 500 on the Volvo website.
This is just the second step in Volvo’s efforts to switch to EV. The company plans to release a new electric model every year by 2025 as part of its larger goal of becoming fully carbon neutral by 2040. Rumor has it that the following is coming: fully electric charge XC90.
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