Volvo XC40 Recharge, Polestar 2 receive Range Assistant App via OTA software update

Volvo XC40 Recharge, Polestar 2 receive Range Assistant App via OTA software update

The Volvo XC40 Recharge compact luxury crossover SUV and Polestar 2 all-electric liftback are receiving a range assistant app via an over-the-air (OTA) update, manufacturers of the two luxury EVs have confirmed.

Volvo and Polestar announced that the XC40 Recharge and Polestar 2 EVs are being updated with the new Range Assistant in-car app that has been released in a beta version for the vehicles’ Android Automotive OS-powered infotainment system.

The new app will allow drivers of the two luxury EVs to optimize the vehicles’ driving range even further via smart energy management and advice on style of driving from an efficiency perspective.

Embedded in the aforementioned Android Automotive OS-powered infotainment system, the Range Assistant app will provide a clear as well as accurate indication of real-time energy consumption and the remaining estimated range. In addition, it will help drivers with key information about factors that affect driving range. For instance, the app’s Eco Climate range optimizer functionality can automatically adjust the climate system to enhance driving range.

The newly released OTA claims to have the ability to increase the driving range of the two EVs through enhancements or improvements in smart battery management along with regeneration performance.

Sanela Ibrovic, chief of connected experience at Volvo Cars, said, “Through in-house development of software and over-the-air updates, we can constantly improve our cars and make sure that your electric Volvo stays fresh. The Range Assistant app is a great example of how quick development and deployment of new features can improve the Volvo customer experience every day.”

Optimizing temperature of battery packs plays a crucial role in efficiency of DC fast charging. Thus, the latest OTA update comes with a new battery preconditioning function connected with Google Maps. It will allow batteries of the two EVs to get preconditioned along the route for the fastest possible charge when a public fast charging station is programmed as the next destination for the vehicles.

The latest software release from the two world-renowned vehicle makers also includes further enhancements on the safety systems, more information on cold climate’s possible impact on the battery capacity and range, in addition to various bug fixes.

The OTA rollout of the software update is already underway. All versions of the Volvo XC40 Recharge compact crossover SUV and Polestar 2 electric liftback are expected to be updated with the latest enhancements and bug fixes by the end of this month.