Greg & Wayne’s eXCellent XC40EV adventures
Well today was a great day (not weather-wise though as it was raining cats and dingos!) We picked up the XC40EV today from Melbourne City Volvo (contactless delivery so we will be on our own with respect to setting it all up, but as Sean the sales mgr said we prob could teach them about the car LOL). Anyway, I think it had about 85% charge when we picked it up (forgot to note the exact number in the excitement), and 46% when we got home. This first trip (which is mostly uphill and about 80% 100-110 kph speeds) we averaged 27.6 kWh/100 km. That’s respectable given the speeds and the elevation change. The car drives great - although the maps weren’t displaying in the driver’s instrument cluster (just a blip of TV-like static when trying to display)...when we got to Wayne’s mum’s to pick up the dog, I re-set the infotainment head unit (IHU) and hey presto, all good. Must have been a minor software glitch? Hmm...also Wayne drove it first and said when he took off the outside mirrors were pointed down at the kerb, so they hadn’t rotated back into normal position after reversing? We’ve shut off that feature now anyway as you don’t need it with the 360-degree cameras and all the ultrasonic sensors. I noticed when I reversed into the shed I was fairly close to the roller door opening on the driver’s wheel arch and the ultrasonic sensors were going and a red line appeared in that area on the 360 display, and the car didn’t want to move without a more firm press on the accelerator pedal, so it really does try to help you smashing your car! :) Hope this turns out to be a fun experience - I’m pretty elated that we got this instead of the Tesla Model 3, as you can imagine! :) Now we just need to go thru and set up profiles, log into our Google accounts, pair phones, etc. Looking forward to some local road trips in the near future, COVID allowing. That's Wayne in black and me in blue.