Volvo launches production of its latest battery-electric vehicle, the C40 Recharge, at its manufacturing plant in Ghent, Belgium.
The C40 Recharge is the automaker’s second BEV, with more in the family to be launched in the coming years. By 2030, Volvo Cars aims to sell only BEVs in its bid to be a climate-neutral company by 2040.
The Ghent plant, one of the company’s largest, also produces the XC40 Recharge, the BEV version of its award-winning compact CUV. Volvo plans to produce up to 135,000 BEVs annually at the Ghent facility and already expects more than half of the plant’s production volume in 2022 to consist of fully electric cars.
The C40 Recharge’s powertrain consists of twin electric motors, one on the front and one on the rear axle, powered by a 78-kWh battery claiming to be fast-charged from 10% to 80% in about 40 minutes. It offers an anticipated range of about 261 miles (420 km).
Javier Varela, senior vice president-industrial operations and quality at Volvo Cars, says: “The C40 Recharge is a car that represents our future. Our manufacturing operations and a close collaboration with our suppliers are key in achieving our future ambitions in terms of electrification and climate neutrality.
“Our Ghent plant is ready for an all-electric future and will be an important part of our global industrial network for the years to come.”