Gothenburg (Sweden): Call it a step counter for electrified cars: drivers of Volvo plugin-hybrid cars can now gain new insights into their electric driving patterns, as Volvo Cars introduce a range of new features on its Volvo On Call smartphone app in all Volvo on Call markets.
The new and improved Volvo on Call app allows drivers to see how much distance they have driven in fully electric mode and their electricity and fuel consumption, among other metrics.
Later this year the service will also give drivers the possibility to see the impact of their driving on their CO2 footprint, as well as the estimated fuel costs saved.
Ödgärd Andersson, chief digital officer said:. “As the car becomes ever more connected, the potential of the app increases and we intend overtime for the app to be as much a part of the Volvo as the car itself.”
For applicable Volvo Recharge models, bought during the offer period, the platform will also inform drivers on the status of the electricity refund launched last year*. Recharge is the overarching name for all chargeable Volvos with a fully electric and plugin hybrid powertrain.
The new Volvo on Call functionalities are available for all Volvo plug-in-hybrid models built on the SPA and CMA platforms sold after 2015, in the 47 countries around the globe where
Volvo on Call operates.
Björn Annwall, head of EMEA at Volvo Cars said: “We see plugin hybrids as ‘part-time electric cars’ that encourage changes in people’s behaviour and help pave the way for a transition towards fully electric cars.”
Volvo Cars were the first established car maker to commit to all-out electrification and a longterm future beyond the traditional internal combustion engine. It is already now a market leader in plug-in hybrid sales, which comprise almost 25 per cent of the company’s total sales in Europe.
Over the next five years, Volvo Cars will launch a range of fully electric cars, in line with its ambition to make all-electric cars 50 per cent of global sales by 2025,with the rest hybrids.
Its first fully electric car, the XC40 Recharge P8, will go into production later this year in Ghent, Belgium. Every Volvo model in the current range includes a Recharge option, from the small XC40 SUV through the 60 Series cars to the company’s flagship, the large XC90 SUV.