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Volvo's online-only C40 Recharge priced from £57,400

6 Volvo C40 Recharge

Volvo has started accepting orders for its second electric car and the first electric-only model series in its line-up, the C40.

The car is only available to purchase online or via subscription, with monthly rentals starting at £729.

Subscription customers will benefit from a convenient Care offer, including items such as servicing, warranty, roadside assistance, as well as insurance and home charging options where available.

First UK deliveries are expected in early 2022, when customers will also be able to test drive and experience the car at their Volvo retailer.

Initally, the £57,400 C40 is offered with a 'Twin Motor' powertrain, offering 408PS, ad one fixed trim level. It features a 78kWh battery with a promised range of around 260 miles.

Lower powered versions, along with different trim levels, are likely to be introduced during the car’s life.

The new model is based on the existing XC40 and features a coupe-like roofline, with a raked rear end, but retains a raised SUV driving position.

It follows Volvo’s commitment to only sell electric cars by 2030.

“The C40 Recharge represents the future of Volvo and shows where we are going,” said Henrik Green, chief technology officer at Volvo Cars. “It is fully electric, offered online only with a convenient care package and will be available for quick delivery. Getting a new Volvo was never this attractive.”

Like the XC40 Recharge, the C40 Recharge comes with Volvo’s latest infotainment system, jointly developed with Google and based on the Android operating system. It provides Google apps and services, such as Google Maps, Google Assistant and the Google Play Store.

Unlimited data enables constant connectivity and the C40 Recharge will receive software updates over the air.

The C40 can be fast charged to 80% in 40 minutes.

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