1.3.2021Volvo OTA update improves range of XC40 Recharge
Volvo will implement its first ever over-the-air (OTA) software update on the XC40 Recharge, the company’s first fully electric car.
Volvo's first pure-electric model, the XC40 Recharge features a 78 kWh battery that powers a pair of electric motors. These are placed on each axle for all-wheel drive, and combine to produce 300 kW (402 hp).
Across Europe, XC40 Recharge drivers are soon to receive a range of updates, including new features and improvements to the car’s infotainment and propulsion systems. The introduction of OTA updates means customers will no longer need to visit a workshop in order to upgrade to the latest software and features.
Significant features in the update include an increase in charging speed, an improved driving range and a new base software for the car’s main electronic systems.
There are updates to the Android Automotive operating system, which powers the car’s infotainment system. The software package also includes updates to Bluetooth connectivity, climate timers, the car’s digital owner’s manual and the 360-degree camera.
Volvo has already claimed that the XC40 Recharge, the first of five electric models to be launched over the next few years, is one of the safest cars on the road. OTA capability means that a new Volvo is able to improve over time as additional updates are launched.
Chief Technology Officer at Volvo Cars, Henrik Green, commented:
“The benefits of over-the-air updates are obvious. Yesterday, you still had to drive to the workshop to get the latest updates to your car; today, you simply click OK and your electric Volvo takes care of the rest. It couldn’t be easier.”
The update is available automatically and drivers of the XC40 Recharge only have to accept the download and installation.