Volvo’s first C40s Recharge roll from Ghent assembly line
On Thursday, Volvo Car Gent started producing Volvo’s second fully electric model, the C40 Recharge. The latter is a more streamlined crossover version of the XC40 Recharge that’s already built in Ghent. This one gets a 78 kWh battery, assumed to be enough for a 420-440 km range (WLTP).
Volvo invited Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo (Open VLD) to drive the first production model of the assembly line in Ghent on Thursday. Volvo Car Gent will speed up the production of its electric cars to 135 000 per year. By 2025 Volvo expects EVs to be 50% of all Volvos sold, with the brand becoming fully electric by 2030.
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. All Wheel Drive (AWD) with twin motors is standard.
Charging can be done at home from 20 to 90% in 8 to 10 hours on an 11kW AC wallbox or public charging station. It’s also capable of fast-charging at 50 kW up to 150 kW, which should take on average 2 hours to 40 minutes.
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.
Starting at €60 150
In June, Volvo opened the order books for the C40 Recharge in the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the UK. Now the C40 Recharge is also available in Belgium online via https://www.volvocars.com starting at €60 150, VAT included.
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. That includes a semi-automatic foldable towing hook, winter tires, a wallbox, and a 16A three-phase charging cable