Although the auto industry has long been hesitant to embrace the onset of electric vehicles, it finally seems that we’ve reached a turning point in our efforts to build a more sustainable future. For though EVs were once a niche offering with only a few different models on the market, these days, you’d be hard-pressed to find an automaker without one in its lineup.
Just take Volvo, for instance. Having debuted its first all-electric offering (the XC40 Recharge) back in 2019, the Swedish-based brand is back with a sportier model it’s calling the C40 Recharge. Heavily based on the XC40, you’ll find that much of the exterior silhouette is familiar, except that the taller height and boxy trunk have been traded for a sharper roofline and a low-profile liftback. What’s more, it comes powered by the same pair of front and rear axle-mounted motors, a setup that’s good for 402hp, 260 miles of range, and even a pretty respectable 4.7-second 0-60mph time. And thanks to its quick-charging compatibility, the C40’s 78kWh battery can even be topped up to 80% in as little as 40 minutes. No pricing has been announced, but Volvo plans to start production this fall.