Production start for Volvo C40 Recharge in Belgium – We test drive next week

Series production of Volvo’s new electric coupe SUV C40 Recharge has begun at the factory in Ghent, Belgium. Recharge’s editor-in-chief Alrik Söderlind is going there and a test drive next week – what do you want to know?

Volvo’s second electric car for volume production (ie apart from the C30 Electric) is now in full production at the Ghent factory in Belgium, where the cheaper sibling XC40 Recharge has previously also been manufactured.

– The Volvo C40 Recharge is a car that represents our future. Our factory in Ghent is ready for an all-electric future and will play an important role for our global industrial network in the coming years, says Javier Varela, Senior Vice President Industrial Operations and Quality at Volvo Cars, in a statement.

The model was shown first up in March this year and we participated in the unveiling in Stockholm where our envoy also had a chat with Volvo’s development manager Henrik Green who said that Volvo wants to be “a leader in terms of range and charging speed”.

The Volvo C40 is by no means the best, if compared to its competitors on paper. Since this is largely a coupe version of the XC40 Recharge Twin (formerly called the P8 AWD Recharge), the technical specification is virtually identical.

The sloping roofline however, gives a little more range: 420 km according to the WLTP standard. Charging the batteries 10–80 percent quickly takes just over 40 minutes at best – twice as long as the much cheaper competitor Hyundai Ioniq 5.

Volvo aims for half of Gentfabriken’s production, 67,500 cars, to consist of XC40 / C40 Recharge next year.

Comment: What do you want to know about the Volvo C40 Recharge?

But all that is hard values, what about the soft ones? Comfort and driving characteristics, for example. The Volvo C40 Recharge is, for example, the first Volvo with a completely leather-free interior that is instead covered with vegan material – something that all the brand’s (electric) cars will follow in the long run.

Editor-in-Chief Alrik Söderlind will leave for Ghent on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 12-13, next week and drive the car for the first time. In addition, we want to know what you as a reader are interested in knowing about it – so leave a comment below!

I then look forward to the Volvo C40 Recharge!

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