Volvo Cars presented Wednesday the XC40 Recharge, its very first electrical automobile under a brand-new EV-focused brand name that begins a company-wide shift towards electrification.
“It’s a vehicle of firsts and it’s a cars and truck of the future,” CTO Henrik Green stated.
The Volvo XC40 Recharge is the very first electrical automobile in the car manufacturer’s portfolio. It’s likewise the very first Volvo to have an infotainment system powered by Google’s Android running system in addition to have the capability to make over-the-air software application updates.
This is likewise the very first car under Volvo’s brand-new Recharge brand name. Recharge, which was revealed today, will be the overarching name for all chargeable Volvos with a plug-in and totally electrical hybrid powertrain, according to the business.
The all-electric car is based off Volvo’s popular XC40 little SUV. This is not a retrofit of a gas-powered automobile.
The XC40 Recharge is geared up with a four-wheel drive powertrain and a 78 kilowatt-hour battery that can take a trip more than 400 kilometers (248 miles) on a single charge, in accordance with WLTP. The WLTP, or Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure, is the European requirement to determine energy usage and emissions, and tends to be more generous than the U.S. EPA approximates. The EPA price quotes are not yet readily available, however it’s most likely the XC40 Recharge will strike around the 200-mile variety.
That would put the variety of the Volvo XC40 Recharge listed below the Tesla Model 3, Chevy Bolt EV, Kia Niro and Hyundai Kona.
However, Volvo did make a car with outstanding horse power and quick charging ability, which might bring in purchasers. The car’s electrical motor produces the equivalent of 408 horse power and 442 pound-feet of torque that permits the lorry to go from absolutely no to 60 miles per hour in 4.8 seconds. The battery credits 80% of its capability in 40 minutes on a fast-charger system.
The infotainment system in the all-electric Volvo XC40 will be powered by an automobile variation of Android OS, and, as an outcome, bring into the cars and truck ingrained Google services such as Google Assistant, Google Maps and the Google Play Store.
This Android-powered infotainment system is the item of a years-long collaboration in between the car manufacturer and Google. In 2017, Volvo revealed strategies to integrate a variation of its Android os into its automobile infotainment systems. A year later on, the business stated it would embed voice-controlled Google Assistant, Google Play Store, Google Maps and other Google services into its next-generation Sensus infotainment system.
The Android-powered infotainment system is completely incorporated with Volvo On Call, the business’s digital linked services platform. Plug-in hybrid motorists utilizing the Volvo On Call will have the ability to track just how much time they invest driving on electrical power.
The infotainment system in the Polestar 2 , the brand-new car from Volvo’s standalone efficiency brand name, likewise is powered by Android OS.
Android Automotive OS shouldn’ t be puzzled with Android Auto, which is a secondary user interface that rests on top of an os. Android Automotive OS is imitated its open-source mobile os that operates on Linux. Rather of running tablets and mobile phones, Google customized it so it might be utilized in vehicles.
Volvo isn’t the only car manufacturer to partner with Google to bring Android OS into its cars. GM started delivering automobiles with Google Android Automotive OS in 2017, beginning with the Cadillac CTS and broadening to other brand names. GM stated in September that Google will offer in-vehicle voice, navigation and other apps in its Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC cars beginning in 2021.
Over-the-air software application updates
The electrical XC40 is likewise the very first Volvo that will get software application and os updates over the air. Over-the-air, or cordless, software application updates were promoted by Tesla, which has actually utilized the ability to enhance its automobiles gradually. Tesla has actually utilized the OTAs to repair software application bugs, present brand-new functions in its infotainment system and enhance efficiency.
Volvo means to utilize OTAs for the os and other software application inside the car, Green stated. Other car manufacturers, with the exception of Tesla, have actually gradually inched towards OTAs, however have actually decreased its usage, and restricted it to the infotainment system.
“So now the XC40 will remain as fresh as your phone or tablet, and no longer will a vehicle’s finest day be the day it leaves the factory,” Green stated.