The Volvo C40 Recharge is the firm’s first car to be sold purely as an EV – and it is also one available only online
Volvo’s first-ever EV-only car, the C40 Recharge, is now open for ordering with prices starting from £57,400.
The online-only car can be ordered from customers’ homes, with Volvo helping people in the decision-making process with a “drastically simplified” buying process.
For those who are still uncertain, Volvo dealers will allow customers to visit them and place an order online together.
“We call it the future of Volvo,” said Volvo commercial boss Lex Kerssemakers.
“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 own plan to move online for the benefit of consumer convenience.
“It is a completely new take on a Volvo.”
Volvo even offers a ‘Care’ package with every C40 Recharge, which includes servicing, roadside assistance, plus insurance and home charging options.
Monthly C40 Recharge prices via a Care by Volvo subscription start from £729.
The coupe-styled SUV C40 Recharge has a lower roofline than the XC40 it’s derived from, and a more striking rear-end design.
It sports a new ‘face’ for electric Volvos too, including headlights with pixel LED technology.
The C40 Recharge retains the high seating position of the XC40, and is available with a variety of colours and trims – and is the first Volvo to be completely leather-free.
It is powered by a 78kWh battery that gives a range of over 260 miles, and Volvo expects the range to improve over time via over-the-air software updates.
It can be fast-charged to 80% capacity in 40 minutes.
Performance will be assured, thanks to a twin-motor setup that delivers all-wheel drive.
Volvo says production of the C40 Recharge will begin in the autumn with first UK deliveries expected in early 2022 – ready for customers to start taking test-drives at Volvo dealers too.
The C40 Recharge is part of a Volvo EV drive: it wants half its global sales to comprise electric cars by 2025, and aims to go pure EV by 2030.