Volvo Cars today started production of the C40 Recharge, its latest fully electric model, at its manufacturing plant in Ghent, Belgium.
The C40 Recharge is the automaker’s second fully electric car. By 2030, it aims to sell only fully electric cars and to be climate-neutral by 2040.
Ghent also produces the XC40 Recharge BEV.
Volvo Cars is increasing electric car capacity at Ghent to 135,000 cars per year and expects more than half of the plant’s production volume in 2022 to consist of fully electric cars.
“Javier Varela, head of industrial operations and quality, said: “Our manufacturing operations and a close collaboration with our suppliers are key in achieving our future ambitions in terms of electrification and climate neutrality. Our Ghent plant is ready for an all-electric future and will be an important part of our global industrial network for the years to come.”
The company will launch several additional electric models in coming years and aims for half of its global sales volume to consist of fully electric cars by 2025, before becoming fully electric by 2030.
The C40 Recharge is available online in selected markets. Customers can order from home or place an online order together with a retailer.
The car is sold by a Care monthly subscription including items such as servicing, warranty, roadside assistance, as well as insurance and home charging options where available.
The C40 Recharge is the first Volvo model to be completely leather free and has an infotainment system jointly developed with Google based on the Android operating system. It provides consumers with Google apps and services built in.
Unlimited data enables superior connectivity and the C40 Recharge is designed to receive software updates over the air.
Propulsion consists of twin electric motors, front and rear, powered by a 78kWh battery that can be fast-charged from 10% to 80% in about 40 minutes. It offers an anticipated range of around 261 miles (420km).
UK Care by Volvo subscription prices for the C40 Recharge start at £729 a month with first deliveries expected in early 2022.