Volvo’s First Pure EV Is Here: C40 Recharge

My first thought

“It’s going to be a huge hit.”

My second thought

“It’s a fastback SUV ala BMW X6, only smaller.”

C40, XC40 and X4 roofline comparison
C40, XC40 and X4 roofline comparison. Because the X6 was the first fastback roofline SUV, introduced in 2009, this was my first metal/visual comparison. The C40’s roofline sweep isn’t as pronounced as the BMW’s, but it’s much different than its XC40 twin.

My third thought

Ok, the “X” is missing from the C40 Recharge name, probably to denote the fastback roofline from its twin XC40 — not an EV-only car, but can be had in EV configuration — which also built on the CMA platform. So what’s to tell people it’s AWD?

My fourth thought

It is AWD, right? Right? Well, we don’t know. Nowhere in the press release or the C40 page does “AWD” appear. We don’t know if it’s FWD or AWD or both, depending on the trim.

My fifth thought

“Did Volvo miscalculate by throwing its hat in with Google?”

Privacy is a tsunami on the horizon, gathering strength. It’s no longer a theoretical game played by policy wonks in San Francisco or Washington, D.C. The privacy battle is now being fought in the news and on your device. If you use Facebook, you’re probably have had some thoughts or questions regarding privacy creep into your waking hours.

The new electric Volvos (and Polestars) have driver-facing systems that are run entirely by Google softwareAndroid Auto. While Google isn’t as egregious or blatant about misusing your data as Facebook, it’s not far behind. Both companies are entirely advertising businesses, and make money on knowing things about you and me.

Volvo is all-in on Google, and I’d have thought they’d be more cautious about this aspect of building cars. One-hundred percent leather-free interiors, yet they put their customers’ eggs in the Google basket? Hm.

Read the C40 Recharge press release below, or click to it here. To see the C40 page, go here.

Volvo Cars launches new, pure electric Volvo C40 Recharge

The future of Volvo Cars is electric and the new Volvo C40 Recharge is the latest manifestation of its commitment to a zero emission future.

The C40 Recharge has all the benefits of an SUV but with a lower and sleeker design. It is based on the CMA vehicle platform and the first Volvo model in history designed as pure electric only.

Following the introduction of the XC40 Recharge and now the C40 Recharge, Volvo Cars will roll out several additional electric models in coming years.

Already by 2025, it aims for 50 per cent of its global sales volume to consist of fully electric cars, with the rest hybrids. By 2030, it plans for every car it sells to be pure electric.

“The C40 Recharge represents the future of Volvo and shows where we are going,” said Henrik Green, chief technology officer. “It is fully electric, offered online only with a convenient care package and will be available for quick delivery. Getting a new Volvo was never this attractive.”

The rear of the C40 Recharge features a striking rear-end design to go with the lower roof line, while the new front design introduces a new face for electric Volvos and includes head lights with state-of-the-art pixel-technology.

Inside, the C40 Recharge provides customers with the high seating position that most Volvo drivers prefer, while it is available with a range of colour and deco options unique to the model. It is also the first Volvo model to be completely leather-free.

Like the XC40 Recharge, the C40 Recharge comes with one of the best infotainment systems on the market, jointly developed with Google and based on the Android operating system. It provides consumers with Google apps and services built-in, such as Google Maps, Google Assistant and the Google Play Store*.

Unlimited data enables superior connectivity and the C40 Recharge will receive software updates over the air. That means it will continue to improve over time after it has left the factory.

The propulsion consists of twin electric motors, one on the front and one on the rear axle, powered by a 78kWh battery that can be fast-charged to 80 per cent in about 40 minutes. It offers an anticipated range of around 420 km, which is expected to improve over time via over-the-air software updates.

As announced earlier today, the fully electric C40 Recharge will be available online only. In line with its ambition of reducing complexity in its model offering and focus on attractive pre-selected variants, Volvo Cars has drastically simplified the consumer offering of the C40 Recharge.

When customers get a new C40 Recharge, it will come with a convenient care package that includes items such as service, warranty, roadside assistance, as well as insurance and home charging options*.

The C40 Recharge will go in production this fall and will be built alongside the XC40 Recharge at the Volvo Cars manufacturing plant in Ghent, Belgium.
C40 Recharge discussion


YES !, I have been concerned by the marriage to Google. They abandoned their self proclaimed “Don’t be evil” motto years ago, and are now full on in bed with Lucifer. Polestar 2 is a beautiful car, but Android Auto does give me pause.

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