Volvo C40 Recharge Evaluate — 1st Impressions


As the primary “mainstream” automaker to decide to going to an all-electric lineup in 2017, when the corporate introduced that every one new autos launched from 2019 onward would have an all-electric variant, Volvo was one of many leaders of the present EV transition. Presently, each Volvo offered in North America and Europe is both a hybrid or BEV mannequin, and the corporate has an extended established historical past of main the cost in relation to emissions controls and recycling, in addition to using sustainable and cruelty-free interiors.

With out additional ado, then, let’s get to the C40 Recharge — a mannequin that’s solely accessible as a BEV.

Delivery of the BEV

Volvo C40 Recharge, in Fjord Blue. Picture courtesy of Volvo Automobiles.

Volvo daughter/sister firm Polestar began the absolutely electrical journey of the model with the Polestar 2. Now the C40 and XC40 Recharge fashions have the customary lengthy supply instances that every one nice BEVs share. The XC40 was #2 on the consolidated checklist of finest sellers in 10 main European international locations in This fall 2022, behind solely the Tesla Mannequin Y. The C40 was #10.


  • Single Motor — 175/185kW and 420Nm rear-wheel drive.
  • Battery — 67kWh/78kWh with about 215/248.5 miles of vary.
  • Twin Motor — 300kW and 670Nm all-wheel drive.
  • Battery — 78kWh with about 240 miles of vary.
  • Charging — 150/200kW DC and 11kW AC.
  • Security: Euro NCAP ***** (5 stars)
  • Size * Width * Peak — 174.8” * 73.7” * 62.8”

The C40 is offered in three trim ranges and with three drivetrains. However not all mixtures are potential. The bottom trim is just accessible with a single motor, and the twin motor is just accessible with the bigger battery.

Volvo C40 Recharge, in Fjord Blue. Picture courtesy of Volvo Automobiles.

Volvo C40 Recharge, in Fjord Blue. Picture courtesy of Volvo Automobiles.

Volvo C40 Recharge, Fjord Blue

I ponder why there are two battery choices with so little distinction in capability. The advertising and marketing drones of Volvo may have a wonderfully good rationalization for this that I will be unable to understand. I by no means understood advertising and marketing logic.

What’s going to make many individuals comfortable: this Volvo does have a frunk!

The usual audio setup has 8 audio system. The elective Harman Kardon has 13 plus a subwoofer. Most necessary with each: they’ve an OFF button.

Picture by Maarten Vinkhuyzen | CleanTechnica.

The lifecycle CO2 equal is 27 tons when charged with renewable vitality and 50 tons when utilizing the common international vitality combine. The comparable XC40 ICE contributes 59 tons to the greenhouse layer over its lifetime. That the distinction is just not bigger is as a result of the electrical drivetrain with the battery will increase CO2 from manufacturing by 11 ton. (Recycling or reuse of the battery supplies might be not taken into consideration, although it must be.)

Cleansing up battery manufacturing — with, for instance, dry electrode processes — is among the predominant targets the business is now going through.

For particulars on many extra choices and features, please go to the supplier’s webpage.

Driving Machine

Volvo C40 Recharge, in Fjord Blue. Picture courtesy of Volvo Automobiles.

One-pedal driving. Allow us to not name it the “gasoline” or “gasoline pedal” any longer. Calling it the accelerator is just too lengthy a phrase that doesn’t absolutely cowl the operate. In fashionable electrical automobiles, it’s the pace pedal — you management the pace with it. While you hit it, the automotive accelerates; whenever you launch it, the automotive decelerates. It could actually decelerate utilizing the resistance of the motor or extra so by making use of the brakes.

I actually bought fascinated by this within the Volvo C40. Volvo has developed one-pedal driving to close perfection. The corporate makes use of it as its main gross sales argument when placing new electrical drivers behind the wheel for a take a look at drive. And judging by Volvo’s success available in the market, this argument works for a lot of patrons.

Volvo C40 Recharge, in Fjord Blue. Picture courtesy of Volvo Automobiles.

Throughout the take a look at drive, I used to be so wowed by the one-pedal-driving system that I didn’t pay a lot consideration to regular take a look at drive parameters. However as I’ve mentioned earlier than, with the excessive torque, gearless instantaneous energy provide, and low heart of mass within the heart of the automotive, the designer have to be a whole fool to screw up and EV. The driving traits are approach higher than in a comparable ICEV.

Evaluating to different electrical automobiles, all of them are higher than most drivers will ever understand. We are going to simply by no means attain the boundaries of the capabilities of the automotive.

There could be variations within the sound insolation, or within the dimming of the solar’s warmth via the panoramic roof. However that’s to all people’s particular person style.

Infotainment and Driving Help

Picture by Maarten Vinkhuyzen | CleanTechnica.

I already swooned over the one-pedal driving. The opposite features are as nice. The lane conserving help labored properly. The blind spot warning was there once I wanted it. I didn’t take a look at collision avoidance and emergency braking — I hope by no means to expertise how nicely these programs work in fashionable automobiles. These are assessments I go away to the NCAP testers.

What did shock me was the habits of the cruise management. It’s absolutely adaptive stop-and-go cruise management. When approaching a purple visitors gentle with automobiles ready, it stopped, after which began driving once more on inexperienced. Improbable! However on the subsequent purple gentle, it simply stored going. I used to be fouled by pondering it reacted to visitors lights, it was simply the stop-and-go operate of the cruise management that dealt with the earlier purple gentle. However that was my unhealthy, a mistake to not make once more.

Picture by Maarten Vinkhuyzen | CleanTechnica.

Picture by Maarten Vinkhuyzen | CleanTechnica.


The sound system did have an OFF swap — that’s all I care about. With the sound machine off, it was enjoyably quiet within the automotive. Simply as I prefer it.

It has the whole set of Google Maps and assistant options. I don’t know whether or not this is identical as, or greater than, Android Auto gives. For these hooked on their iPhone, it will probably swap to Apple CarPlay.

The one of these features that I used was the route planner. There have been no surprises — it simply knew the place I used to be, the place I wished to go, and methods to get there.


The local weather management did what it was speculated to do with out requiring any consideration. Nice.

The seats are most likely very secure. It’s a Volvo. However additionally they have wonderful aspect help (i.e., excessive flanks beside your thighs). Getting out and in of the automotive over the excessive aspect helps of the automotive did harm. I desire a flat seating airplane.

With the towing capability of 750kg unbraked and 1500kg/1800kg (twin motor) braked, it is extremely succesful for greater than commuting and grocery getting. This automotive could also be probably the greatest BEVs for household journeys and holidays.

There may be additionally a rumor {that a} smaller model is within the make. I might like to see a C30/CX30, and even higher a C20/CX20, seem as a candidate for my subsequent automotive.

Listed here are a couple of extra pics I took of the absolutely electrical Volvo C40 Recharge:

Picture by Maarten Vinkhuyzen | CleanTechnica.

Picture by Maarten Vinkhuyzen | CleanTechnica.

Picture by Maarten Vinkhuyzen | CleanTechnica.

Picture by Maarten Vinkhuyzen | CleanTechnica.

Picture by Maarten Vinkhuyzen | CleanTechnica.

Picture by Maarten Vinkhuyzen | CleanTechnica.



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