Article By John Redfern

Volvo starts production of electric C40 Recharge

The Swedish company has also made a designer bag from the sustainable material used inside the car.

The new Volvo C40 Recharge crossover SUV has entered production in Belgium.

As the marque’s second fully electric model, the C40 Recharge follows the acclaimed XC40 Recharge.

The two cars will be built alongside each other at Volvo’s manufacturing facility in Ghent.

Volvo plans for 50 percent of the cars it sells globally to be electric by 2025 – and 100 percent electric by 2030.

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The C40 Recharge comes with a pair of electric motors and a 78kWh battery pack. Fully charged, this should deliver a range of around 260 miles.

Fast charging sees the C40 boosted from 10 to 80 percent charge in 40 minutes

With a combined output of 408hp, the C40 can accelerate from 0-62mph in just 4.9 seconds.

The car’s Android-based infotainment system includes Google Maps and Google Assistant as standard. Unlimited data connectivity will allow Volvo to issue over-the-air software updates.

Inside, the C40 Recharge is Volvo’s first leather-look cabin to be completely cow-free. The company has developed its own synthetic material called Nordico.

It uses recycled plastics, bio-material from sustainable Scandinavian forests, and even leftover corks from the wine industry.

Volvo has also teamed up with fashion brand 3.1 Phillip Lim, to create a special weekend bag from the Nordico material.

It won’t be offered for sale, but Volvo fans have a chance to win one through competitions and giveaways.

Orders for the C40 Recharge can be placed now, and prices start from £57,400. Deliveries of the first UK examples are expected in early 2022.

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