Volvo has revealed an all-electric coupe-style SUV to be sold exclusively online. This new EV is named the Volvo C40 Recharge and is the company’s first-ever vehicle to be strictly electric powered. The Volvo C40 Recharge shares the same CMA platform as the Volvo XC40 Recharge but strives to be a sportier compact electric SUV. Styling on the C40 Recharge bears a resemblance to the XC40 with restyled front fascia and a fastback-inspired low roofline. This popular styling trend for “coupe-SUVs” often looks like a sports sedan got its roof sliced-off and pasted onto the top of a compact SUV. While this may not be a bad design, once you see it, you can’t unsee it.
The Volvo C40 Recharge will be powered using a twin-motor configuration, with each one assigned to power the front and rear axle. The C40 Recharge uses a 78-kWh battery pack, and both electric motors have a combined output of 402 horsepower and 487 lb.-ft of torque. Volvo estimates the range of the C40 Recharge to be approximately 261 miles – based on the WLTP cycle. Fast charging will allow the C40 to generate 80 percent of its battery life in just 40 minutes. Volvo also stated that the range might be improved later on using software updates.
The focus of the Volvo C40 Recharge is to drive the company forward to becoming an electric-only carmaker by 2030. The C40 Recharge aims to be “hip” when it comes to environmental awareness. For example, the new Volvo C40 Recharge comes with a 100 percent leather-free luxury interior featuring the latest built-in Google apps and services and an Android-based infotainment system. Pricing for the Volvo C40 Recharge has not been announced yet, but production is scheduled to start in late 2021.
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