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2022 Volvo C40 Recharge starts at $59,845, gets 250 kW of complimentary charging

The 2022 Volvo C40 Recharge finally has a price and that’s $59,845. Compared to its boxier sibling, the XC40 Recharge, the C40 is $4,760 more but there’s a reason for it: you can only get it in a single fully loaded trim. That means it’ll come standard with a Harman Kardon audio system, 20-inch alloy wheels, Volvo’s Pilot Assist driver assistance tech, a fixed glass roof, surround-view camera, and pixel LED lighting. You’ll also be able to combine the Fjord Blue carpet with four of the seven available exterior colors. A new trim strategy also gets introduced with the C40. Since it’s only available in the top grade, it’ll be designated the Ultimate. The 2022 XC40 Recharge will be available in Plus and Ultimate variants.

Additionally, the 2022 Volvo C40 Recharge along with all 2022 battery-electric Volvo models come with 250 kW of complimentary charging from Electrify America for the first three years of ownership. Once that has been used, owners will be automatically eligible for the Electrify America Pass+ and Volvo will cover the membership costs for a year. This will give you discount rates for charging at Electrify America’s network, which comprises 365 stations nationally and is still growing. The partnership with Electrify America comes in addition to Volvo’s partnership with ChargePoint to ensure owners of its battery-electric vehicles have easy access to charging stations across the U.S.

Think of the Volvo C40 Recharge as the sleeker, more coupe-like sibling of the XC40 Recharge. Both use the CMA platform and 78-kWh battery, which are also in the Polestar 2. The C40 has its own unique features like the integrated spoiler, a different headlight design, and a unique take on Volvo’s signature full-length taillight. Power comes from two electric motors, one mounted at each axle, for a combined output of 402 hp and 487 lb-ft of torque. The C40 can DC charge at peak rates of 150 kW, allowing it to get to 80 percent in less than an hour. It also has an onboard 11 kW charger, allowing it to fully charge using a level 2 AC unit overnight.

Volvo says to expect similar range as the XC40 Recharge, which is EPA-rated for 208 miles per charge. That’s on the low end considering key competitors like the Tesla Model Y are rate for over 300 miles in Long Range and Performance variants. Even the discontinued Model Y Standard Range was rated for 244 miles. Newer entries in the all-electric crossover space like the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Volkswagen ID.4 are also rated higher than the XC40 Recharge (and likely the C40 Recharge) with most variants offering between 230 to 305 miles. The only exception is the standard range AWD Mach-E, which is rated at 211 miles.

Buying the 2022 Volvo C40 Recharge will be a different experience because you won’t be able to stroll up to a dealer and get one from what’s in stock. Instead, you have to order it online, which you can do so now, and place a refundable $500 deposit. Preorders started back in March and deliveries are expected to begin in early 2022. The C40 will also be the first Volvo model to offer a completely leather-free interior and the brand’s first dedicated battery-electric vehicle. Like the XC40 Recharge, the C40 is eligible for the full $7,500 federal tax credit plus local incentives.

Written by Stefan Ogbac
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