It’s not Volvo’s first electric car. The 2022 Volvo C40 Recharge is, however, the first one you can only get in an all-electric trim, essentially signaling a forward push for the automaker’s goals of exclusively selling electric vehicles by 2030.
Yes, the name sounds awfully like their first electric car from last year, the XC40 Recharge. That’s because it’s, basically, a “crossover coupe” version of that model, with a fastback roofline, a shorter height, and an upright stance setting it apart from the more traditional SUV styling of that all-electric crossover.
The 2022 Volvo C40 Recharge is powered by dual electric motors, with one in each axle for true all-wheel drive performance. Putting out 402 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque, the two motors are enough to propel the vehicle from standstill to 62 mph in 4.7 seconds, all while hitting top speeds of 112 mph. Those motors, by the way, are hooked up to a 78 kWh battery pack that the outfit estimates should get you around 210 miles of driving range. And yes, fast charging is supported, with the battery able to take up to 80 percent charge in just 40 minutes when hooked up to a 150kW DC fast charging station.
Inside, it’s the first Volvo to have a leather-free interior, which, we guess, is appropriate for a car trying to gain as much eco-friendly points as possible. The cabin is pretty minimalist with a digital gauge cluster and a large central touchscreen running the same Google Android Automotive Operating System found on the XC40 Recharge.
The 2022 Volvo C40 Recharge is slated to go into production in the fall. No word on exact pricing or availability dates, however, have been announced.