Volvo releases C40 electric car details

Posted: 12 April 2022 6:21 pm
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The Australian-market EV roster is growing rapidly, as Volvo announces its next electric car, the C40.

Volvo's second electric vehicle (EV), the C40 is a crossover SUV that starts from $74,990, claims a range between 420-434km and boasts an Android Automotive infotainment system.

Volvo C40 crossover EV standouts

  • Styling. We really like the way Volvo has wrapped its Scandinavian design language over a rather unique, hunkered down crossover body. It has a very low roofline that morphs into a pleasing rear wing. The outline of the spoiler is quite reminiscent of the Aston Martin DBX's duck tail. Volvo says the C40 Recharge premieres a new front-end design that you should expect to see more EV models emblazoned with. Volvo's signature "Thor's Hammer" LED headlamps are present. Overall, it's a neat and attractive aesthetic.

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  • 2 motor options. Buyers will have to choose between a front-wheel-drive (FWD) model or an all-wheel-drive (AWD) dual-motor variant (catchily called C40 Recharge Pure Electric Twin). The line-up is similar to its sibling, the Polestar 2, thanks to a shared platform.
  • Range and power. Single-motor Volvo C40s have a 69kWh battery, but due to the reduced demands of just one motor, claim the best estimated range of the C40 stable. At 434km, the C40 Single motor sits just below the Polestar 2's range-opener, which can travel up to 440km going by WLTP standards. No power or torque figures were shared for this C40. Dual-motor examples take a bit of a hit in the range department, with distances dropping to 420km. However, power is measured at 300kW, while torque is a meaty 660Nm. Apparently, that model can smash 100km/h from a standstill in 4.7 seconds, again, matching the Polestar 2 dual-motor.
  • Charging times and battery. Hook your Volvo C40 single-motor up to a 150kW rapid charger and you can expect to wait just over half an hour to replenish 70% of the battery's capacity. If you opt for the larger battery, dual-motor variant, that time climbs to 40 minutes. Realistically, that barely gives you time to wander around a servo, use the facilities, grab a bite to eat and check your social feeds.

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  • Interior. Volvo states this is the first entirely leather-free model it has released. Powering the infotainment system, you'll find Android Automotive, which Volvo had a hand in bringing to life. That makes the C40 one of the very first models to have the highly-praised operating system. Features include access to the Google Play store, Google Maps and Google Assistant integration. Volvo hooks each C40 Recharge up with a generous 4-year data subscription. There are all the latest mod cons you'd expect, ranging from dual-zone climate control, heated front and rear seats and a 9-inch centre screen to some you might not, like auto-dimming internal (as well as external) lights and a power-folding second-row headrest. The dual-motor C40 has extras like 20-inch, diamond-cut black alloys, a 360° camera, a Harman Kardon sound system (featuring a subwoofer) and a textile interior.

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  • Warranty. Volvo covers the C40 Recharge with a 5-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty. The battery has an 8-year guarantee, while buyers also get 8 years of roadside assistance. Also included is 2 years of "interval" maintenance.

Volvo C40 Recharge availability and pricing

Buyers can expect to receive their C40 electric vehicles in the third quarter of 2022. Pricing (presumably RRP, though this is not stated in the press release) is as follows:

  • Volvo C40 Recharge (single-motor, FWD): $74,990
  • Volvo C40 Recharge Pure Electric Twin (dual-motor, AWD): $82,490

Early reviews suggest this is a Tesla Model Y competitor and some even indicate they prefer the C40 Recharge to the Tesla EV.

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