3 Mar 21

Volvo reveals first fully electric SUV and announces online sales model

Volvo has revealed the C40 Recharge, a fully electric SUV with a sloping, more sporty roofline – hence the C denominator. Volvo has also announced all fully electric models will be sold online only.

The C40 Recharge is the first Volvo that was designed as an electric vehicle, not unlike its big brother, the Polestar 2. The C40 Recharge will be equipped with two electric motors of 150kW each, powering the front and the rear wheels. The 78-kWh battery pack, which can be charged to 80% in 40 minutes, should be enough to take you 400km. The C40 Recharge has a respectable total output of 660Nm.

Production should start in the autumn in the Volvo factory in Ghent, Belgium. It will be made available with optional packs like roadside assistance, insurance, charging services and service and maintenance packs.

Online sales

The C40 is the first Volvo that will be sold online, a sales model that will soon be implemented for all electric Volvos. This move may be less important for fleets as they usually order vehicles through leasing companies. It remains to be seen how the new business model will allow for dealerships to remain sustainable. In the Belgian newspaper De Standaard, Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson reassured dealers: "Dealers remain important partners in the online sales process, and they are the place customers go to with questions. They will be be paid to do this, and they will also play a role in used-car sales."

The carmaker has also confirmed its commitment to phasing out all ICE vehicles by 2030. In 2025, half of all vehicles sold should already be electric.

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Authored by: Benjamin Uyttebroeck