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    The Future is Now with the Volvo C40 Recharge

    Just about everyone has a Volvo story. Whether it’s fond childhood memories of your parents carting you around in a 245 station wagon, road tripping in an heirloom S60, or buying your first real car, a C30, Volvos are woven into the fabric of our culture. But maybe your Volvo story involves a more current journey—moving from a traditional gas-powered car to an electric vehicle.

    Volvo started making cars in 1927 to solve a problem: They believed no other automotive manufacturer was making cars strong or safe enough to navigate Swedish roadways. By 1955, the debut of the popular PV444 would turn the young, European brand into a household name. In 1959, Volvo engineer Nils Bohlin introduced the three-point safety belt and in 1972, Volvo CEO at the time, Pehr Gyllenhammar, acknowledged the negative ecological effects of the automobile. Since then, Volvo Cars has deployed its trademark ingenuity to advance the safety and reduce the environmental impact of its products. One look at its first-ever, fully electric C40 Recharge makes clear that Volvo’s expression of style, safety, and sustainability continues to advance how we drive.

    Full Range of Motion

    When Volvo first unveiled its C40 Recharge in 2021, the fully electric crossover came bearing an all-wheel-drive system powered by a dual-motor setup, with one motor affixed to each axle and a 75.0-kWh battery pack positioned in between. The AWD variant is punchy and powerful, now producing 402 horsepower and 494 pound-feet of torque. Additionally, the C40 Recharge now offers a variant with longer driving range and faster charging times than in years prior.

    The 2024 model year sees the addition of a rear-wheel-drive C40 Recharge; it’s the first time in 25 years that Volvo has had a rear-wheel-drive variant. Underpinned by a new 82.0-kWh battery pack, the RWD version produces a competitive 248 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque.

    Volvo has tuned the C40 Recharge’s chassis to deliver comfort and stability, so the crossover keeps its composure on snaking sideroads and highway passes, delivering a smooth ride quality and rapid torque delivery.

    On a full charge, the single motor extended range version affords up to a 297-mile range¹. The dual motor extended range versions offer up to a 257-mile range². The RWD variant is capable of plugging into a 150kW DC fast charger, which needs a mere 28 minutes to replenish the battery from 10 to 80 percent. The AWD variant can plug into a 150 kW DC charger and charge from 10-80 percent in around 34 minutes³. When you opt to plug in at home, it will take roughly 7 or 8 hours to charge from 0 to 100 percent with an 11kW AC fast charger.

    Responsible Luxury

    The C40 Recharge is sculptural, with a sleek, minimalist silhouette. Its crossover styling installs a sporty, sloping roofline over the proportions and roominess of an SUV—a marriage of form and function for which the Swedish automaker has become synonymous.

    Its pared-back, contemporary design begins at the front fascia, where the absence of a traditional grille signals that there is no engine up front that needs cooling. Its lighting details are expressive; the C40 Recharge is available with 84 Pixel LED lighting elements in the shape of Thor’s hammer.

    Inside, the C40 Recharge is an exemplar of Scandinavian design, with sleek surfaces that flow across the cabin. It’s also Volvo Cars’ first completely leather-free interior: supple non-leather materials or a tailored wool blend are interspersed throughout. Behind the steering wheel sits a crisp, new generation 12.3-inch digital cluster that works in tandem with the large, vertically oriented 9-inch infotainment center to access essential vehicle information. Applications like Google Play, Google Assistant, and Google Maps with Google Built-in make for a seamless and personalized interface.†

    Across the front passenger area, a translucent, back-lit panel spans the dash to create an ambient lighting effect, etched with a pattern modeled after the topographic contours found in one of Sweden’s national parks. Above the occupants, the C40 Recharge’s sloping roofline is augmented by a fixed panoramic roof with dark tinted laminated glass which provides efficient protection from glare and UV radiation. This open-air feel allows sunshine and moonlight to flood the cabin while optimizing climate comfort in all weathers and temperatures.

    Crossover into the Future

    No other automaker can claim Volvo Cars’ safety reputation, and the brand hasn’t stood still on this front. The C40 Recharge’s Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) and a host of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) make this SUV a fortress of state-of-the-art safety. The C40 Recharge was developed with the absence of the combustion engine in mind. It’s been engineered to absorb more crash energy than a traditional gas-powered vehicle and has an extruded-aluminum safety cage around its battery to create a crumple zone for added protection. Its ADAS suite uses the vehicle’s radars, cameras, and ultrasonic sensors to comprise a truly modern active-safety system, cross-traffic alert with autobrake, Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), and lane keeping aids.

    Starting at a base MSRP of $53,600, the Volvo C40 Recharge comes in three trim levels: Core, Plus, and Ultimate. The latter offers additional deluxe features such as a Harman Kardon Premium Sound System with 13 speakers.

    Though Volvo launched the electric alternative of its popular XC40 Recharge in 2020, the introduction of its first-ever electric-only C40 Recharge a year later marked a crucial starting line for the automaker’s commitment to electrification. Volvo Cars plans to be fully electric by 2030 and climate-neutral by 2040, chasing an ambitious plan to consistently reduce its lifecycle carbon footprint. Alongside the C40 Recharge, Volvo Cars’ all-new, fully electric EX90 and EX30 are just over the horizon. It’s evident that the Swedish automaker’s shift towards full electrification is charging ahead, bringing its plans for a safer and more sustainable future into the here and now.

    †Features depicted may not be standard or available for all models, styles and engine options. Google Assistant is not available in all languages and markets. Google, Google Play, and Google Maps are trademarks of Google LLC.

    ¹EPA-estimated 118 city /96 highway/ 107 combined. Use for comparison purposes only. Your range and MPGe will vary for many reasons, including but not limited to, driving conditions, how and where you drive, how you maintain your vehicle, battery-package/condition, and other factors. Visit fueleconomy.gov for further information. Charging times can vary and are dependent on factors such as outdoor temperature, battery temperature, charging equipment, battery condition and car condition.

    ²EPA-estimated 106 city/ 91 highway/ 99 combined. Use for comparison purposes only. Your range and MPGe will vary for many reasons, including but not limited to, driving conditions, how and where you drive, how you maintain your vehicle, battery-package/condition, and other factors. Visit fueleconomy.gov for further information. Charging times can vary and are dependent on factors such as outdoor temperature, battery temperature, charging equipment, battery condition and car condition.

    ³Charging times will vary and are dependent on factors such as outdoor temperature, current battery temperature, charging equipment, battery condition and car condition

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