Sweden has created its fair share of global brands, but none with a reputation as good as Volvo Cars, when it comes to passenger safety. Volvo cars is an automotive manufacturer based in Gothenburg, Sweden. The Volvo Group has a long history of success and was established in 1927. Since then the company has had multiple owners, to include the US based, Ford Motor Company. Its current owner is a Chinese automotive behemoth, Geely Automobile, which acquired Volvo Cars in 2010. Geely also owns the automotive brands Lotus Cars and Polestar.
Volvo Cars was one of the first mainstream OEM’s to commit to a push towards zero-emission road transportation. In 2017, the company announced its intention to ‘electrify every car in our range’. Volvo is not new to ‘electric propulsion’ and has already deployed a test fleet of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) in 2010 and had launched the first plug-in hybrid diesel cars in 2012.
The automotive manufacturer has an ambition to achieve 50% sales from pure electric cars and the remaining 50% from plug-in hybrid electric cars by 2025. The company is also committed to becoming ‘climate neutral’ across the value chain by 2040. The Volvo electric vehicle (EV) current portfolio includes:
- C40 Recharge Pure Electric Crossover
- XC40 Recharge Pure Electric SUV
- XC40 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid SUV
- XC60 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid SUV
- XC90 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid SUV
- S60 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid Saloon
- S90 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid Saloon
- V60 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid Estate
- V90 Recharge Plug-in Hybrid Estate
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The All-Electric Volvo C40 Recharge SUV
Though the Volvo C40 pure electric SUV has commonality with the all-electric XC40 Recharge, the C40 has been designed as a compact crossover SUV, with a sportier look. The exterior styling includes a sloping roofline, different to the XC40 exterior styling. The C40 has the same battery size as the XC40 (78 kWh) and has a similar electric driving range. The Volvo C40 was released in March 2021 and will commence production later in 2021. It is initially available only on a subscription basis (from £729/ month) via ‘Care by Volvo’, the all-inclusive car subscription service from Volvo.
The all-electric compact Volvo SUV is perfect for families already familiar with the advantages of owning and driving a Volvo car i.e. a fantastic reputation for safety and quality. Of course, the electric Recharge further enhances this enviable reputation, given the environment-friendly nature of zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) i.e. no tailpipe pollution!
The e-SUV is practical and versatile without compromising on quality and comfort. The rear seats are comfortable for adults, with ample legroom and headroom. The electric vehicle (EV) has a decent range (over 250 miles WLTP on a full charge), more than appropriate for most family requirements, to include, school runs, family outings, grocery shopping and a lot more! The EV can be charged up to 150kW DC charging, and includes a 11 kW on board charger as standard.
|At A Glance|
|EV Type:||Battery-Electric Vehicle (BEV)|
|Vehicle Type:||SUV (crossover)|
|Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):||Not Available|
|Available In UK:||Yes|
|Trim (1 Option)|
|Recharge Standard (from £57,400)|
|Sporty looks and exterior styling||An expensive EV. Cheaper options available|
|High interior quality using sustainable materials (leather-free interior)||Only available on a subscription basis|
|Good electric range||Sloping roofline not to everyones liking|
|EV Battery & Emissions|
|EV Battery Type:||Lithium-ion|
|EV Battery Capacity:||Available in one battery size (78 kWh)|
|Charging:||150 kW Rapid Charging. On board charger: 11 kW AC|
|Charge Port:||Type 2|
|EV Cable Type:||Type 2|
|Tailpipe Emissions:||0g (CO2/km)|
|Battery Warranty:||8 years or 100,000 miles|
|Average Cost Of Residential Charging|
|Battery net capacity : 16.7 kWh||£2.40|
|Battery net capacity : 30.0 kWh||£4.32|
|Battery net capacity : 39.2 kWh||£5.64|
|Battery net capacity : 45.0 kWh||£6.48|
|Battery net capacity : 50.0 kWh||£7.20|
|Battery net capacity : 64.0 kWh||£9.22|
|Battery net capacity : 71.0 kWh||£10.22|
|Battery net capacity : 77.0 kWh||£11.09|
|Battery net capacity : 90.0 kWh||£12.96|
|Battery net capacity : 100.0 kWh||£14.40|
- Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in the UK varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for the UK is 14.40 p/kWh.
- Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.
|Charging Times (Overview)|
|Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):||6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)|
|Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):||3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)|
|Rapid charging AC (43 kW):||0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)|
|Rapid charging DC (50 kW+):||0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)|
|Ultra rapid charging DC (150 kW+):||0-80% : 20 mins to 40 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)|
|Tesla Supercharger (120 kW – 250 kW):||0-80%: up to 25 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)|
- Note 1: SoC: state of charge
|Volvo C40 Recharge|
|EV Battery Capacity:||78 kWh|
|Pure Electric Range (WLTP):||261 miles|
|Electric Energy Consumption (kWh/100km):||22.0|
|Charging:||150 kW Rapid Charging (on board charger: 11 kW AC)|
|Top Speed:||112 mph|
|0-62 mph:||4.7 seconds|
|Drive:||All-wheel drive (AWD)|
|Electric Motor (kW):||N/A|
|Unladen Weight (kg):||1,800|
|Cargo Volume:||419 L|
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