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The future of Volvo is electric. And the new Volvo C40 Recharge is another step towards a zero-emission future. The C40 Recharge has all the advantages of an SUV, but with a slightly lower and sleeker design. The model is based on the CMA vehicle platform and is the first Volvo model to be designed as purely electric.
In the coming years, several electric models will of course be introduced on the market. The goal is for these to account for 50 percent of global sales by 2025, in the run-up to an all-electric model range by 2030.
At the same time, the C40 Recharge marks a new pinnacle in the sales strategy of Volvo. The model is only online – from home or in the nearest Volvo showroom – can be ordered via the volvocars website.
Customers can now also order from the comfort of their own home. In line with the ambition to slightly reduce the complexity of the model portfolio and also better focus on attractive pre-selected variants, Volvo has drastically simplified the consumer offer of the C40 Recharge. The handy Care Package is always included with purchase. This includes maintenance, warranty, roadside assistance and home charging options where available.
We call it the future of Volvo. Our Volvo C40 Recharge is more than just a new car. It’s our first-ever electric-only model and represents an important step in our plan to go online for consumer convenience.
The new C40 Recharge is a true crossover; the car offers all the benefits of an SUV, but with a lower, sleeker design. The rear has a striking design that perfectly complements the lower roofline, while the front features the new face of electric Volvos and the headlamps with state-of-the-art pixel technology. Occupants enjoy the higher seating position that many Volvoriders prefer. The interior can be put together in a number of different colors and designs. The C40 Recharge also has the first Volvo-interior that is completely free of animal leather.
Like the all-electric XC40 Recharge models, the C40 Recharge comes with one of the best infotainment systems on the market, co-developed with Google. It is based on the Android operating system with built-in Google apps and services, such as Google Assistant, Google Maps and Google Play. Unlimited data provides superior connectivity, while the C40 Recharge also receives software updates over the air. With this, the car continues to improve after it leaves the factory.
Two electric motors
The C40 Recharge is powered by two electric motors, one of which is mounted on the front axle and one on the rear axle. The motors are powered by a 78 kWh battery that can be charged from 10 to 80 percent in less than 40 minutes with a fast charger. The determined range is 442 to 444 kilometers (WLTP).
Production in Ghent
The production of the Volvo C40 Recharge is done from the factory in Ghent, Belgium. The factory where all electrified models roll off the production line. It takes about 32 to 33 hours from the first bolt to the moment the Volvo leaves the tire.
The factory in Ghent is one of the largest of Volvo Cars and plays an important role in the transition to full electrification. Volvo adopts one of the most ambitious electrification strategies in the auto industry and aims to sell only fully electric cars by 2030. It also wants to be a carbon neutral company by 2040.
The production capacity of the Ghent plant will be significantly increased to 135,000 units per year. Volvo expects that the fully electric models will account for more than half of the production volume in Ghent by 2022. In addition to the C40 Recharge, all XC40 variants are also produced in Ghent, including VolvoThe first all-electric Recharge versions of the popular compact SUV.
The C40 Recharge comes with one of the best infotainment systems on the market, jointly developed with Google. It is based on the Android operating system with built Googleapps and services, such as Google Assistant, GoogleMaps en Google play. And third-party apps can also be added here in the future.
The unlimited data ensures superior connectivity, while the C40 Recharge also receives software updates ‘over the air’. With this, the car continues to improve after it leaves the factory.
The C40 Recharge represents our future. Our production activities and close collaboration with suppliers are essential to realize our future ambitions in the field of electrification and climate neutrality. The factory in Ghent is ready for a fully electric future and is an important part of our global industrial network.
Free from leather
Volvo is also committed to animal welfare with the fully electrically powered models. From the new Volvo C40 Recharge are therefore all new, fully electric Volvomodels free of leather.
In line with the aim of no longer using leather in new models, Volvo also looking for high-quality and durable materials to replace the many materials that are currently used in the automotive industry. The target is that by 2025 already 25% of the materials from which new Volvoare made from recycled and/or organic raw materials. By 2040, the brand wants to produce fully circularly. As part of its climate-conscious policy, Volvo also wants all its suppliers, both for materials and raw materials, to use 100 percent renewable energy from 2025 and preferably earlier.
Volvo wants to offer its customers alternatives to leather interior upholstery, such as high-quality sustainable materials made from organic and recycled raw materials. For example, Nordico, a new type of textile for covering car interiors. It was developed by Volvo Cars and consists of recycled material from PET bottles, natural raw materials from sustainable forests in Sweden and Finland and recycled corks from the wine industry. This determines Volvo Cars sets the standard for premium interior design and applies the Nordico in the next generation Volvomodels.
The decision to stop using leather in new Volvomodels has also been prompted by concerns about the negative impact of livestock farming on the environment, including deforestation. Livestock is estimated to be responsible for about 14 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions from human activity – the majority of which comes from livestock farming.
Volvo also wants to reduce the use of residual products from the processing of livestock. These are typically used in the production of plastics, rubber, lubricants and adhesives – both as an ingredient of the material and as a chemical component for the treatment of the material before production. Volvo takes this step because it believes that while ceasing to use leather is a step in the right direction, it is not enough to make car interiors vegan as well.
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