The C40 isn’t the first fully electric Volvo, being closely related to the XC40 Recharge P8 that was launched last year. But it is the first model from the Swedish company that won’t be available with anything other than a pure electric driveline. The first of these being the range-topping all-wheel drive Twin Pro version being driven here.
The C40 will never have combustion engines, but it isn’t sitting on an EV-only architecture. Essentially it is as it looks, a coupe-ized version of the existing XC40 with a lower roofline, and sitting on the same Compact Modular Architecture platform. The similarities between the two cars are obvious in almost identical dimensions, both sharing the same 2702mm wheelbase and 1910mm mirrors-folded width, with the C40’s length of 4431mm representing an increase of just 6mm. The big difference is height, with the C40’s chopped roofline being 69mm lower than its sister.
While a single motor version will follow in time, the Twin AWD shares its major components with the existing AWD XC40 Recharge and also the brawnier Polestar 2. A 201hp synchronous AC electric motor drives each axle, with power drawn from a 78kWh battery pack mounted beneath the floor. This supports DC fast charging at speeds of up to 150kW which, if you can find a sufficiently potent nozzle, will give an 80 percent charge in just 40 minutes. The onboard 11kW AC charger is intended for domestic use, and is able to fully replenish the pack in around 11 hours. The official range is an impressive 273 miles under the WLTP protocol.