Volvo unveiled a brand new infotainment design, mentioned battery know-how, and extra throughout an occasion centred on know-how discovered inside its autos.
While the presentation’s star was the brand new look of its Android-backed infotainment system, the actual underlying message is that Volvo is seeking to be a frontrunner within the electrical car (EV) trade, not a follower.
All of this goals to assist Volvo turn into a totally electrical automotive firm by 2030. On the way in which there, the automaker hopes to revolutionize battery/charging tech, and it needs half of its automobiles bought by 2025 to be electrical.
It plans to do that by doubling down on itself and its companions by way of “vertical integration, involving the in-house design, development and production of batteries, e-motors and relevant software in collaboration with strategic partners.”
When I drove the Volvo XC40 Recharge, I felt that it was in want of refinement. After watching Volvo’s presentation in the present day, it looks as if the corporate was properly conscious of those points and has plans to enhance almost all main points of its EVs.
Volvo says it would proceed working with Swedish battery producer Northvolt and says that it hopes this partnership will improve its autos’ battery density by 50 %.
The firm theorizes that if it breaks the 21,000Wh/I power density milestone, it may well lastly ship an EV with a 1,000km vary.
These enhancements in density also needs to assist enhance charging occasions, which Volvo expects to be reduce in half by 2025
On prime of enhancing its charging tech, Volvo is seeking to construct its batteries utilizing one hundred pc renewable power by 2025. To add to that, the corporate has plans to seek out new power storage strategies to recycle automotive batteries.
Volvo has already innovated closely within the automotive infotainment area because it was the primary firm to make use of Google’s Android Automotive infotainment as its autos’ spine.
What’s most fun about what Volvo confirmed off is its autos’ new infotainment design. This is lastly an automotive firm that’s doing a superb job marrying tech with driving expertise. The new look makes use of a variety of white area and seems to have a contemporary card-based interface with rounded corners.
Volvo says that this new system is simpler to make use of and may assist drivers be much less distracted once they’re behind the wheel.
The small display behind the steering wheel exhibits the driving force issues like battery stage, velocity, instructions, what gear the car is presently in and different automotive data. Volvo additionally has a holographic heads-up show that may show further data.
The thrilling display is a brand new 15-inch portrait show that takes up the middle console area. This display is damaged up into a couple of sections to make sure that constant automotive data can all the time be seen, whereas the majority of the display can be utilized to indicate navigation or run a music app.
Volvo says this new design is far easier and simply scannable, so that you gained’t have to spend a lot time it. Beyond that, the corporate labored exhausting to guarantee that vital data isn’t buried inside a menu.
I typically discover automotive infotainment techniques look extremely outdated, however this new look from Volvo is beautiful and American corporations like Ford and GM must do a variety of work to maintain up.
To spherical out this tech-focused keynote, Volvo additionally detailed a brand new app expertise that permits customers to make use of their telephone as a key and verify on their automotive remotely.
This app will assist you to discover and pay for charging, and it’ll enable customers to pre-cool/warmth their automobiles.
The firm is simply beginning its app journey, however it’s hoping to make use of this one app for all of its automobiles going ahead and that will probably be comparatively easy to make use of.
The subsequent electrical Volvo will appear like this
To wrap up the occasion, the corporate confirmed off a crossover SUV it calls the ‘Concept Recharge.’ This is the primary Volvo-specific automotive made out of the bottom up as an Electic car. That mentioned, the car is only a idea, so there’s a risk it might by no means be launched.
It’s unclear if this automotive will make it to the mass market any time quickly, however it takes all the enhancements that the automaker defined throughout its presentation and packs them right into a single automotive. This features a new lighting design, the brand new infotainment and a glance constructed round a battery pack that emphasizes aerodynamics and security.
This means the design workforce was capable of prolong the wheelbase and the dimensions of the tires within the automotive, leading to extra environment friendly driving and additional area contained in the automotive.
Volvo says the idea automotive additionally brings to mild a brand new less-but-better design philosophy for the automaker. This signifies that something further is reduce from the design and what’s left is refined to its core components.