Volvo's march to an all-electric future is just getting underway, and its newest soldier is the C40 Recharge, the brand's second electric vehicle, but the first designed to be an EV from the ground up.
It also heralds the online-only sales strategy Volvo plans for its expanding EV portfolio.
The 2022 C40 Recharge, a sporty version of the XC40 compact crossover, will start at $59,845, including shipping but before tax credits. The first vehicles are rolling off a Belgium assembly line this fall. As is the case these days with many new vehicles, buyers can preorder the C40 Recharge.
It fills some small white space by blending the ride height of an SUV and crossover with the cargo space of a hatchback, with the trade-offs made for sportier styling.
It is the first Volvo engineered without a conventional grille and introduces a front fascia design that includes headlights with pixel technology.
The C40 is equipped with a 78-kilowatt-hour battery and two motors — one driving the front wheels, the other driving the rear. The Polestar 2, from Volvo's high-performance EV brand, offers a similar powertrain. And Volvo says the C40's battery can be fast charged to 80 percent in about 40 minutes.
We've rounded up some early media reviews.