- The 2022 C40 Recharge is a new, all-electric compact SUV from Volvo.
- It has an estimated 261 miles of range and a completely leather-free interior.
- No pricing was announced at this time, but we expect it to start at around $54,000.
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You can now count the 2022 Volvo C40 Recharge on the list of upcoming electric vehicles.
Unveiled on Tuesday, the C40 Recharge is the Swedish automaker’s second EV destined for the US market, following the XC40 Recharge that launched at the end of 2019. The C40 Recharge is part of Volvo’s larger goal of becoming a purely electric brand by 2030, according to a press release.
Sized lower and sleeker than the XC40, the C40 Recharge is a compact SUV that uses two electric motors and a leather-free interior – a first for Volvo.
No pricing was announced at this time, but Volvo said that production is scheduled to begin this fall.
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It’s the second all-electric vehicle from the Swedish automaker.
The first was the XC40 Recharge, which launched in 2019.
The C40 Recharge is built on Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture – or CMA – platform.
Others built on that platform include the Volvo XC40 and Polestar 2.
However, Volvo said the C40 Recharge is its first car to be “designed as pure electric only.”
The front of the car wears the new official design for electric Volvos.
The familiar Thor’s Hammer headlights now have “state-of-the-art pixel-technology.”
Two electric motors, one for each axle, power the car.
There’s a 78 kWh battery.
Power comes to a claimed 402 horsepower and 486 pound-feet of torque.
Volvo said it takes about 40 minutes to fast-charge to 80%. Range is an estimated 420 kilometers, or 261 miles.
Volvo noted that the C40 Recharge hasn’t been rated by the EPA yet.
There’s a new, attractive rear-end design.
Overall, the car is much sleeker and slightly lower than the XC40.
Inside, the C40 Recharge comes natively with Google’s Android operating system.
Customers will have access to Google Assistant, the Google Play Store, and Google Maps.
Customers will also have a choice of color and decorative options.
There’s also a high seating position, which should make visibility and ingress and egress much easier.
The car can receive software updates over the air.
And! It’s the first Volvo car to be leather-free.
The C40 Recharge is part of Volvo’s plan to only sell electric cars by 2030.
It’ll only be sold online, which Volvo believes will make the car-buying process much less complex.
Volvo will build the new C40 Recharge at its plant in Ghent, Belgium, beginning in the fall.
No pricing was announced at this time, but expect it to be around the price of the XC40 Recharge, which starts at $53,990.