The Volvo C40 shows how luxury cars can be green

You know, car people. Driving a car is a big part of your psyche and something that seriously brings you joy. They make lyrical letters on the shape of the back of a car or the wheel hubs. It’s part of their identity – they go on long road trips, join car clubs, visit car shows, and build car models in their spare time..

I am not one of these people, but I am passionate about mobility, especially accessible mobility.. I like to write about technical innovation and I get wildly excited about V2E technology and the data economy of cars.

Somehow, I found myself on a press trip in Brussels, to review the Volvo C40 Recharge, Volvo’s first fully electric car..

The Volvo C40 has great power and range

The Volvo C40 has an identical configuration to the XC40 Recharge with a small increase in power. – Volvo indicates a 0-96 km / h time of 4.5 seconds, a couple of tenths faster than the XC40.

The propulsion consists of two electric motors, one on the front axle and one on the rear axle. It is powered by a 78kWh battery that can be quickly charged to 80% in about 40 minutes at 150kW.

The car offers an expected range of about 420 km (225 miles), which is slightly better than the XC40. You can expect improvements over time, through wireless software updates.

Why not make cars vegan?