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News Volvo Begins Production of the C40 Recharge

Volvo Begins Production of the C40 Recharge

Volvo has begun production of its second electric vehicle

  • The C40 Recharge is a Coupe-SUV built on the same platform as the XC40 Recharge and the Polestar 2

  • It will have an EPA range of about 210 miles (338 kilometers) like the XC40 Recharge

  • It will be the first Volvo to be sold online

The second all-electric model from Volvo, the C40 Recharge has entered production in the company’s Ghent, Belgium factory, alongside the XC40 and XC40 Recharge.

The C40 is an SUV with a lower roofline, designed to look sportier, like a coupe, which explains its name, the letter “C” usually being reserved for coupes at Volvo.

Since it shares its platform and drivetrains with the XC40 Recharge and the Polestar 2, it has a 78 kWh battery and two motors giving it AWD and 402 horsepower.

Its EPA range hasn’t been confirmed, but it should be close the range of the XC40 Recharge, which is 210 miles (338 kilometers).

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Start of production of the Volvo C40 Recharge | Photo: Volvo

The C40 will be the first Volvo to be devoid of any leather since Volvo decide to remove it from its electric cars in order to become more sustainable. A new material made of recycled plastic called Nordico will be offered instead. The C40 is also the first car from the brand to be sold online, in a similar way to Polestar and Tesla.

The automaker wants to make 50% of its cars electric in 2025 and discontinue completely the use of gasoline engines by 2030.

To reach this goal, the company will expand its Belgium factory to produce up to 135,000 vehicles per year, half of which should be electric in 2022.

The C40 Recharge will have a base price of $58,750 in the United States. Pricing hasn’t been announced for Canada yet, but deliveries are expected to begin in early 2022 around the country.

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Start of production of the Volvo C40 Recharge | Photo: Volvo

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Start of production of the Volvo C40 Recharge | Photo: Volvo

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