- the c40 recharge is volvo's latest electric-vehicle offering.
- similar in size and specs to the xc40 recharge, the c40 has a lower roofline.
- volvo estimates it will provide an epa-rated driving range of 210 miles.
volvo's second electric vehicle is here, and it looks a whole lot like the first one. the 2022 volvo c40 recharge is essentially a reshaped version of the xc40 recharge, with a lower roofline that gives volvo a set of crossover twins not unlike bmw's x1 and x2 siblings. the c40, however, will come only as an electric model, as opposed to the xc40 which also offers gasoline engines.
the c40's dimensions are nearly identical to the xc40's, other than its lower height. the roofline in the rear slopes into a tapered liftback shape, meaning it has less cargo volume than the more squared-off xc40. otherwise, the c40 is nearly identical to the electric version of the suv. it rides on the same cma platform and shares its 402-horsepower two-motor electric drivetrain and 75.0-kwh battery pack with the xc40 recharge. (the related polestar 2 also has this powertrain.)
volvo estimates that the c40 will provide an epa-rated driving range of 210 miles, which is 2 miles more than the xc40 recharge's rating. the zero-to-60-mph acceleration claim of 4.7 seconds is the same as the xc40.
the c40's interior is nearly identical to the xc40 recharge's, with a digital gauge cluster and interesting-looking dashboard trim. it has volvo's latest android-based infotainment system with built-in google apps, and the car is capable of receiving over-the-air software updates.
volvo says it won't offer many different configurations of the c40 recharge, meaning it will likely come in a single well-equipped trim level, possibly starting around $55,000. the company says it will use an online sales model for this ev, meaning customers in the u.s. will likely be able to place an order online for delivery at their local volvo dealership. look for more details to come as volvo prepares to start production of the c40 recharge later this year.