Volvo C40 Recharge is ready to sell
Volvo has opened the order books for the C40 Recharge in the first European countries. The second electric model in the Swedish companies’ current range is available to order in the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the UK. Other markets will follow in the coming weeks.
Volvo has introduced the C40 Recharge as a spin-off of the Volvo XC40 Recharge in early March. Both vehicles use the same drive system of the CMA platform (Compact Modular Architecture), with 300 kW power and a 78 kWh battery pack.
Volvo has given the C40 some independent elements on the body, for example, on the headlights or the rear doors. This is why the C40 Recharge is listed as a separate model and not as the XC40 Recharge Coupé.
Inspired by history
Volvo’s Head of Design Robin Page claims that the iconic P1800 has inspired him to design the C40. “But we couldn’t just do a remake of the old model,” Page says. “The client’s taste and needs evolve; we have to transpose the original DNA into a new era. That’s what we did with the C40 Recharge.”
The silhouette is the key factor of the new crossover. “We’ve tried to find a symbiosis of elegance, dynamism, and robustness,” Page continues. Apart from the fact that the new car is much higher on its (huge) wheels, Page says that the resemblance is also unmistakable. “Look at the noticeable shoulder line and the rearwards sloping roofline,” he points out. We doubt it if everybody will share this point of view.
The C40 Recharge’s interior is entirely leather-free. New materials have been used, like ‘Microtech’ textile and recycled plastic bottles. The transparent inlays are back-lighted to give a natural and quietening atmosphere in the car.
The new C40 Recharge will be the first of the Volvo electric line-up to be sold exclusively online. All the other EVs from the Swedish manufacturer will follow. To tackle complexity (also in orders and deliveries), the specs of the new car will be limited to a few (most popular) trim versions.
It is unknown when the C40 Recharge will be available in other European nations than those mentioned earlier on, or at what prices. The currently known prices from the Netherlands could give us a clue: the C40 Recharge is offered from € 57 995 in the Netherlands, or in a subscription from 779 euros per month. This means that the additional price compared to the XC40 Recharge in the Netherlands is 1 500 euros.
Transposed to the Belgian market, this would mean that the basic price of a C40 Recharge would be around € 64 500.
Meanwhile, the sales of Volvo Cars globally are still evolving very well. In May, global sales went up by 43%, totaling 64 111 vehicles. When one looks at the entire 5 month period, sales are up 49,9% compared to last year, Volvo having already sold 312 533 vehicles this year.
Recharge cars already represent 23,7% of the total sales volume in May, globally. In Belgium, sales landed at 8 622 cars for the first five months, a 43,3% increase compared to last year. Recharge cars represent 35% of the sales here, and the XC40 is still the brand’s bestseller.