The Volvo C40 Recharge will only be offered with a battery-power drivetrain and only sold online, helping the automaker edge closer to two of its long-term goals. By 2030, Volvo wants every car it sells to be full electric and by 2025, it wants 50 percent of its worldwide sales to be done online.
Performance-wise, the C40 and XC40 EVs are identical, with each having a range of up to 418 km (260 miles) from their 78-kilowatt-hour battery packs, which provides 74 kWh of usable capacity, resulting in 402 hp and 660 newton meters (487 pounds-feet) of torque. Each car can accelerated from 0 to 100 kph in 4.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 180 kph.
If a 150-kilowatt fast charger is used, it takes 40 minutes to bring the C40 Recharge's battery to 80 percent capacity. Volvo estimates that every 10 minutes plugged into a fast charger adds about 100 km of range. Recharging to 100 percent capacity using a standard 3.7- to 11-kW charger takes 8 hours.
The C40 and XC40 also share their Android-based infotainment system that Volvo developed with Google. The package includes navigation with Google Maps, voice recognition with Google Assistant and access to the Google Play Store for a range of in-car apps. The cars' software will be kept up to date via over-the-air updates.