Release Date: Late 2021
Price: From $58,750
Power: Dual motor AWD
Battery range: 276 miles
0 to 60 mph: 4.7 seconds
Smarts: 360-degree camera, lane-keep assist, Google services, Apple CarPlay, Pilot Assist, Harlmon Kardon audio system
The 2022 Volvo C40 Recharge may seem like just another coupe-like crossover from a European luxury brand, but it’s more than that. As the first Volvo designed from the ground up to be purely an electric vehicle, it’s a major step toward the automaker’s end goal of completely eliminating the internal combustion engine in its lineup by 2030.
Given its fast roofline and EV power plant, the C40 Recharge has obvious similarities to the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Tesla Model Y. It also comes with all the bells and whistles you'd expect from a modern EV, including the all important long driving range. With the release window coming up, here's everything you need to know about the Volvo C40 Recharge.
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2022 Volvo C40 Recharge release date window
As of right now, there is only one trim level, the new Twin Pure Electric Ultimate specification, which is also available on the more conventionally styled 2022 XC40 Recharge SUV. The C40 Recharge Ultimate will start at a price of $59,750, which includes the $1,095 destination charge.
If you qualify for the maximum $7,500 federal tax credit, that price of entry goes down to $51,250, putting the C40 Recharge in the same ballpark as the $54,990 Tesla Model Y Long Range.
The C40 Recharge is also a key part of Volvo’s plan to offer its electric vehicles online only. It began taking pre-orders in March, but won’t be cranking out customer cars until this fall. Deliveries will start rolling out in the fourth quarter of 2021.
2022 Volvo C40 Recharge design and interior
While undeniably similar to the XC40 Recharge, the C40 manages to stand apart from its corporate sibling. Most of that is due to the C40’s contrasting fastback roof, but there are other differences as well. Volvo says the C40’s front end “a new face for electric Volvos.”
Its pointy headlight casings feature the signature Thor’s Hammer design element and new pixel LEDs, which automatically adjust to lighting conditions and shut off or switch on to optimize the C40’s forward lighting. The distinctive LED tail lights have a stylized hammer shape of their own that terminates in a line of segmented light bars that flank the rear glass. True Volvo diehards will recognize the chunky 20-inch wheels as the spiritual successors to the rollers on the 2018 Volvo 360c concept car.
The designers behind the C40’s interior got a lot of their inspiration from nature and Volvo’s home country of Sweden. They manifested both in the panoramic glass roof, which lets light into the cabin the way the glass on many Swedish houses does. They paid homage to the mountains in the Abisko national park, with the layered backlit graphics on the C40’s dashboard and front door panels.
Volvo’s interior designers saved their greatest reverence for cows and chose to make the C40’s cabin 100 percent leather-free. One interior option uses wool fibers; the other comprises of a suede-like textile made out of recycled plastic and what Volvo calls “micro-tech material.”
Volvo made up for the C40’s singular trim level by equipping it with a high level of features. The Android operating system handles most of the infotainment, including Google Assistant, Google Maps and Google Play, although music comes out of a Harman Kardon audio system. Both rows of passengers can enjoy the view of the night sky through the standard panoramic roof.
2022 Volvo C40 Recharge driver aids and safety features
Volvo doesn't exactly break the mold when it comes to autonomous driving features. However the Pilot Assist system isn't missing anything major, meaning the C40 Recharge has all the tools to ease some of the driver's burden on those long road trips.
Pilot Assist comes with collision avoidance, lane keeping technology, blind spot detection, automatic braking, and 360-degree cameras to let you see what's around you. Presumably there will also be adaptive cruise control.
It's very similar to driver assistance system you'll find in the Volvo XC40 Recharge, or the Polestar 2, both of which use the same Pilot Assist software. Pilot Assist also has a lot of the same basic autonomous features as Nissan, Tesla's Basic Autopilot, and others. It may not break any autonomy barriers, but it's still good enough.
2022 Volvo C40 Recharge battery, range and charge speed
The C40 puts its electric power to the road through all four wheels, thanks to the electric motors attached to the both axles and a 78-kWh battery pack. Charging that to 80 percent should only take 40 minutes.
That’ll be even easier to do with the 250 kWh of charging on the Electrify America network Volvo is throwing in with every 2022 C40 Recharge. Once that juice is used up within the first three years, Volvo will cover the membership fees for joining Electrify America’s Pass+ program, which provides access to discounted charging rates.
While early ratings suggested the XC40 Recharge would have a range of just over 200 miles, things have changed. Volvo's website promises a projected range of 260 miles (per WLTP and EPA range testing standards).
However during our recent XC40 Recharge hands-on review, Volvo confirmed a global range estimate of around 276 miles. Which is pretty impressive, and not too far off Tesla Model Y-levels of distance.
2022 Volvo C40 Recharge outlook
Volvo may not be the most stylish brand out there, but it has built itself a reputation over the years — prioritising safety over style. While we can't comment on the safety of the C40 Recharge, it certainly seems to have a fair helping of style and comfort.
It may not be the most groundbreaking electric vehicle coming to the market, but that's ok. the important thing is that the C40 Recharge still has everything you'd expect to find in a modern EV. That includes an autonomous driving system, a high-tech in-car infotainment system, fairly long range, and all those other bells and whistles.
Plus, as we discovered on our recent hands-on review, this is an EV that absolutely oozes class. And honestly, you can't go wrong with that.
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