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?
I can tell you about the car’s attractive fjord blue color, “inspired by the deep inlets of the Scandinavian west coast.. ” Or about the translucent backlit graphics on the dash and door panels, “a nod to the dramatic yet serene mountain landscapes in Sweden’s Abisko National Park.. “
This is a luxury car with ecological credibility. By 2030, Volvo Cars aims to sell only completely electric cars, one of the most ambitious electrification strategies in the automotive industry. It also aims to be a climate neutral company by 2040.
This sets a new standard for interior design.
By 2025, Volvo is targeting 25% of the material in new Volvo cars to be recycled and bio-sourced content. It also aims for all its immediate suppliers, including material suppliers, to use 100% renewable energy by 2025..
Ok, but the Volvo C40 is an attractive car
If you want a car that people rave about, the C40 has you covered. Passersby even stopped and asked questions and took photos of the car. There are some cute quirks like animated LED taillights and a panoramic sunroof.. But I am more interested in technology:
Volvo C40 introduces a new kind of hypermiling: Range Attendance
For example, a range optimization feature in the app can adjust the car’s heating / cooling to improve driving range.. This will be especially useful on longer trips as it reduces the need for load stops. The dashboard also tracks how much cargo you will have when you reach your destination, making it easy to plan your trip..
It extends the driving range of electric vehicles, as well as the overall service life of the brakes. Nevertheless, Requires some ability to judge distance and time; this function is not designed to make an emergency stop.
Driver attendance systems
If you are about to cross a lane marking without a marker, Lane Keeping Assist steers your car backwards.. If you keep driving through lane markings, vibrations in the steering wheel alert you.
Runoff mitigation works at speeds between 65 and 140 km / h. Helps you avoid accidentally leaving the road. Drifting through the outside lane marking will help steer the car back onto the road.
The Driving Assistant also helps out of the parking lot in reverse. There is also a Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with steering assistance. When a vehicle enters your blind spot or is rapidly approaching, you are alerted by a light in the left or right door mirror.
Infotainment keeps you connected
The Volvo C40 comes with an excellent infotainment system, developed jointly with Google and based on the Android operating system. Google Assist even turns on the seat warmers and Google Maps tells you where to find the next EV charging station.
However, the car has some disadvantages. The rear visibility of the car is not great as the rear window is quite small. The rear seat passengers are basically sitting on the battery modules in stadium-style seats. If you are tall, you could hit your head on the ceiling.
Are auto showrooms a thing of the past? The Volvo C40 is only available online, although buyers can place an order with a physical retailer if they wish. Pricing starts at $ 59,845 USD with open orders for 2022.