VOLVO didn’t sell as many cars as planned last year.
No one has, for myriad reasons too tedious to go into now (because they include the words “supply” and “chain”).
What’s on track for the Swedish company and its mission to be all-electric by 2030 is the increasing number of vehicles it’s shifting with a socket.
More than half of the Volvos sold in Europe in February were electrified Recharge models.
That number will no doubt increase with the new single-engine C40 Recharge.
Previously only available as a £58,000 twin-engined 408hp rocket ship, it was overpowered and overpriced.
Now you can opt for one motor less, a more reasonable 231hp and a savings of £11,000 while still getting you up to 269 miles on the 69kWh battery. Excellent.
For those who don’t know, C40 is an XC40 in a lower coupe guise.
Less convenient but more expensive.
That’s how it usually works.
However, that is not quite correct here.
The new single-engine C40 Recharge costs £1,350 more than a similar XC40.
But it gets a massive panoramic glass roof as standard, which would no doubt cost at least that as an option.
This see-through ceiling also sheds a welcome additional light on an intelligently designed, high-quality interior.
While the cabin is fully vegan-friendly, it’s not Apple CarPlay-friendly.
That’s because Volvo and Google went to bed together to produce their own Android operating system with integrated services. And it’s an ace.
Type your destination into Google Maps and it will tell you how much battery you have when you get there and what’s left when you come back.
It’s disturbingly accurate, so once you learn to trust it — and not what the range selling pattern says it is — you can toss any range anxiety.
With a super-fast 150 kW charger, you can charge the battery to 80 percent in about 40 minutes.
Important facts: Volvo C40 Recharge
Battery: 69 kWh
Perfomance: 231 hp, 330 Nm
0-100km/h: 7.4 sec
Top speed: 110km/h
Area: 269 miles
Out of: July
Plug it into a household three-prong socket and it lasts 40 hours.
Number crunching aside, this is what the C40 looks like.
It is at the top with the most beautiful electric vehicles on the market.
Nice touches include the felt-lined door pockets; beautifully backlit translucent dashboard and door panels; separate storage of charging cables under the hood; and a foldable boot floor that can both divide the 430-litre space and reveal additional underbody storage.
They feel like bonus gifts for the driver.
The handling is rather soft, which some will like.
Rear visibility is terrible (thank goodness for the camera) and it feels larger to drive than it really is.
But the seats are supremely good and the controlled acoustics calmly wrap you in a place you want to be.
While the C40 Recharge Twin is quite a rocket in a raincoat, the significantly slower single-engine C40 will help Volvo reach Net Zero that much faster.
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