Volvo C40 Recharge India Launch: Tomorrow’s Big Debut
Volvo is all set to launch its second electric vehicle in India, the C40 Recharge, tomorrow. The C40 Recharge is a coupe-SUV that is based on the same platform as the XC40 Recharge, which was launched last year. The C40 Recharge will be priced around Rs 60 lakh (ex-showroom) and will compete with other luxury electric SUVs such as the Mercedes-Benz EQC and the Jaguar I-Pace.
The C40 Recharge was unveiled in India in June and the company revealed some of its specifications and features. The C40 Recharge has a sleek and futuristic design with a minimalist and monolithic appearance. The front end features a large horizontal grille with integrated LED lights, while the side profile has a long bonnet, short overhangs, and 21-inch alloy wheels. The rear end has a stubby and angled shape with slim taillights and a new BMW logo.
The interior of the C40 Recharge is spacious and luxurious, with a focus on sustainability and digital technology. The dashboard has a tall touchscreen display that works in tandem with a panoramic vision head-up display that projects information onto the windshield. The cabin also features black leatherette upholstery with grey stitching, a piano black dashboard, and a steering wheel with touch-sensitive controls.
The C40 Recharge is powered by Volvo’s sixth-generation eDrive technology, which consists of a battery pack, an electric motor, and an electronic control unit. The battery pack is located under the floor and has a high energy density and fast charging capability. The electric motor is mounted on the rear axle and delivers high performance and efficiency. The electronic control unit manages the power delivery and optimizes the driving dynamics.
Volvo claims that the C40 Recharge offers a 30 percent increase in range and a 25 percent improvement in efficiency compared to its existing EVs. The concept car also has some advanced features such as real-time translation, voice recognition, and image processing, thanks to Volvo’s own Tensor G3 processor that powers its next-generation devices.
The C40 Recharge has a claimed range of 530 km on a single full charge (WLTP). It can accelerate from 0-100 kmph in 4.7 seconds. The C40 Recharge has all-wheel drive (AWD) as standard. Buyers will have to book the C40 Recharge directly via Volvo’s website after the launch and the deliveries will start in September.
Volvo aims to have at least 10 fully electric models by 2025 and achieve 50 percent of its global sales from EVs by 2030. The C40 Recharge is one of the highlights of Volvo’s electric portfolio and will be followed by other models such as the XC60 Recharge and the XC90 Recharge in India.