Volvo XC40 Recharge gets range assistant via OTA update to optimise its range

The range optimiser in the new in-car app on Volvo XC40 Recharge will adjust the climate system of the vehicle automatically so as to improve its driving range.Volvo Cars will also pre-install the app in the C40 Recharge models during production.
By : HT Auto Desk
| Updated on: 19 Oct 2021, 17:32 PM
Volvo Cars will continue developing the app ahead of its full release by adding additional features.
Volvo Cars will continue developing the app ahead of its full release by adding additional features.
Volvo Cars will continue developing the app ahead of its full release by adding additional features.
Volvo Cars will continue developing the app ahead of its full release by adding additional features.

Volvo Cars has rolled out new Range Assistant app for its fully electric XC40 Recharge models via an OTA (over-the-air) update in order to maximize its driving range. The in-car app has been released in a beta version as of now for Volvo cars with an infotainment system powered by Android Auto.

The drivers of XC40 Recharge will also witness an increased range with improvements in smart battery management and regeneration performance of the vehicle as well as a smarter timer that can pre-condition the batteries. The Range Assistant app will help drivers keep a track of the available range of their vehicles and maximize it through smart energy management. It will also give advice on driving style in order to increase the efficiency of the vehicle's drive dynamics.

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Volvo says that the in-car app will be seamlessly integrated into the Android-powered infotainment system of the vehicle, giving drivers an accurate indication of the estimated remaining driving range of the vehicle as well as real-time energy consumption. It will also help them understand the key factors that affect the driving range of their vehicles.

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The range optimiser in the app will adjust the climate system of the vehicle automatically so as to improve its driving range. This feature is touted to be especially useful on longer trips as it will reduce the requirement to stop at charging points.

(Also read | Volvo S90, XC60 petrol hybrid models launched in India. Price and other details)

Volvo Cars will continue developing the app ahead of its full release by adding  additional features such as coaching of drivers with smart and easy-to-follow recommendations. These will guide the drivers on how to adjust driving style and speed in order to optimize the range. The automaker will also pre-install the app in the C40 Recharge.

Other features on Volvo's latest software update includes improvements on safety systems, new information about cold climate impact on battery range and some bug fixes.

First Published Date: 19 Oct 2021, 17:32 PM IST
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