Volvo future: purely electric and only available online

And this is how you present the next electric car with the C40 Recharge. According to Volvo, the C40 Recharge should be a crossover model and its design looks like the coupe version of the XC40 Recharge. However, the C40 Recharge is the first Volvo in the company’s history that was designed exclusively as an electric car. The technical basis is the compact modular architecture (CMA).

It is powered by two electric motors, one on the front and one on the rear axle, with a system output of 300 kW / 408 PS. The electricity is stored in a 78 kWh battery, which can be charged to 80 percent within 40 minutes at a fast charging station.

The range is around 420 kilometers. However, software updates should ensure growth here over the course of the car’s life.

Keyword software update. Just like the XC40 Recharge, the C40 also has an infotainment system based on Android that was developed jointly with Google. The customer can use numerous well-known apps and services such as Google Maps, Google Assistant and the Google Play Store. An unlimited volume of data ensures connectivity at all times and software updates are carried out wirelessly “over the air”.

Online only

The C40 Recharge will be produced from autumn. And it will only be available to order online. “The C40 Recharge is only available online at attractive all-inclusive conditions and with short delivery times,” announced Henrik Green, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Volvo Cars.

Volvo is moving the sale of its cars to the Internet in the future and will offer the upcoming electric cars exclusively via online channels (starting with the XC40 Recharge of model year 2022). In addition, the Swedes have announced that they will reduce the complexity of the product range and work with transparent and fixed pricing models.

Under the name “Care by Volvo”, a car subscription from Volvo, the company wants to concentrate on a convenient, complete range (the subscription sales model will only be available for the Austrian market at a later date).

The partner companies should, of course, remain a crucial part of the customer experience and, especially in markets like Austria, the central point of contact for customers: At the Volvo dealerships, customers continue to receive appropriate advice and customers can arrange test drives. Important services such as sales advice, preparation, delivery and maintenance of the vehicles are also the responsibility of the contract partners, explains Volvo.

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