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You Can Now Buy Or Get Subscription For Volvo XC40 Recharge In UK

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The Volvo XC40 Recharge is the 2021 CleanTechnica Car of the Year finalist that gets no love — well, not enough love. While the Volkswagen ID.4 and Ford Mustang Mach-E have been grabbing headlines of various sorts, the Volvo XC40 Recharge recently rolled out stealthily in the US and more recently in the UK.

Volvo XC40 Recharge Twin

The on-the-road price for the electric SUV starts at £49,950. Plus, it benefits from the super low 1% benefit-in-kind company car tax rate (£16.63 a month for a higher-rate taxpayer).

You can also get a subscription in which Volvo takes care of all your auto needs. “Care by Volvo Fixed offers XC40 Recharge from £619 a month over a three-year term; from £769 per month with Care by Volvo Flexible open-ended, rolling three-month contract.” Volvo actually expects 95% of retail customers to choose one of these subscription options. What exactly does a subscription cover, you ask? It includes “scheduled servicing, wear-and-tear maintenance, vehicle tax, replacement tyres and roadside assistance cover.” More details are here.

The Volvo XC40 Recharge has enough range for any normal person’s driving needs. In fact, the average driver could probably conveniently go 2–4 days before charging. With 259 miles of range from its 78 kWh battery pack, that is a likely pattern for someone with home charging. You can also recharge the battery up to 80% in about 40 minutes on a 150 kW fast charger.

There are three trims on offer in the UK: XC40 Recharge Twin, XC40 Recharge Twin Plus, and XC40 Recharge Twin Pro. The former has the £49,950 OTR price, the second starts at £52,950 and highest trim starts at £56,700. Also, you can buy the car online. No need to go into a dealer, haggle, or get pushed to upgrade further than you’d like.

Volvo XC40 Recharge Twin

Here’s a list of special features and specs:

  • 9-inch central touchscreen.
  • Volvo’s new Android-based infotainment system with Google Maps, Google Assistant, and access to the Google Play Store.
  • Wireless smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay.
  • Automatic LED headlights with Active High Beam.
  • Dual-zone climate control.
  • Wireless phone charging.
  • 12.3-inch progressive driver’s information display.
  • Powered tailgate.
  • Rear parking sensors.
  • 19-inch alloy wheels.
  • 4.9 seconds from 0–100 km/h (62 mph).
  • Recharge Twin Plus: power-adjustable heated front seats, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, energy-efficient heat pump system, front parking sensors, and reversing camera.
  • Recharge Twin Pro: 360-degree parking camera system, panoramic sunroof, 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, leather/nubuck upholstery, 20-inch alloy wheels, and Pilot Assist with adaptive cruise control and steering assistance.

Volvo XC40 Recharge Twin

More or less, the Volvo XC40 Recharge has everything a typical person wants in a car. It has standard premium-class infotainment, seating, and lights. It has plenty of range on a full charge and decent fast charging. It’s a Volvo, so it will surely get top safety ratings. It has other 2021 tech, like wireless phone charging and rear parking sensors. Plus, it has truly exhilarating acceleration for a crossover/SUV — instant torque leading to a 0–100 km/h (62 mph) time of just 4.9 seconds. I’m tempted to bring in several features that a Tesla includes because these are things I’m used to and enjoy, but let’s be frank — these are different worlds. Someone who wants what a Tesla offers will get a Tesla. Someone who wants a more typical automobile with more typical auto features should have everything they want in this Volvo XC40 Recharge, or several other EVs. For that latter group, much just comes down to style and brand preferences. The XC40 Recharge would be in my list of finalists if I didn’t prefer Tesla tech.

And how about that wicked cool wooden house?


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Source: https://cleantechnica.com/2021/07/18/you-can-now-buy-or-get-subscription-for-volvo-xc40-recharge-in-uk/

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Zero Emissions Zones: A Tool to Target Benefits of Vehicle Electrification to Communities that Need it Most

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Originally published by Union of Concerned Scientists, The Equation.
By David Reichmuth and Leslie Aguayo, a Climate Equity Program Manager from The Greenlining Institute

Zero-emission vehicle technologies, like battery electric and fuel cell vehicles, are critical to reducing air pollution and climate-changing emissions from transportation. State and federal policies that require and incentivize zero emission vehicles sales are important tools to ensure that this transition away from fossil fuel combustion happens as rapidly as possible. The reduction in tailpipe pollution will help address harmful and inequitable air pollution exposure from on-road vehicles. And, there are tools that could be used to target these benefits to specific communities — communities that are disproportionately burdened by air pollution. One promising tool is the use of low- or zero-emission zones to prioritize the use of cleaner vehicles.

Low- and zero-emissions zones are a policy tool available to cities to improve air quality and can reduce congestion, raise revenue, and achieve climate goals. There are more than 250 of these zones across Europe, but can they work in the United States? To help answer this question, the Union of Concerned Scientists and the Greenlining Institute have created a primer to explore potential benefits to communities, as well as factors to consider in using zones as a tool to increase racial and economic equity. The goal of this primer is not to be prescriptive, but instead as an aid to help policymakers and stakeholders understand and evaluate the utility of low- and zero-emissions zones for their communities, as well as provide important considerations towards equitable policymaking.

Congestion, low-emission, and zero-emission zones compared

A congestion zone is designed primarily to reduce vehicle travel and is often used to combat traffic and other issues caused by having many vehicles on the road. Low-emissions zones (LEZ) and zero-emissions zones (ZEZ) are designed primarily to reduce emissions, and are often used to combat air pollution and meet global warming pollution reduction goals.

Congestion zones and LEZs or ZEZs are similar to each other, but there are key differences. In California, a city has the ability to implement a congestion zone on its own, but legislation may be needed before a city can begin creating LEZs or ZEZs.

A congestion zone may limit vehicle entry by type or time of day. Often, a fee will be used to incentivize drivers to choose an alternative form of transportation within the zone or to avoid it altogether. LEZs and ZEZs usually require vehicles to meet a certain pollution standard, but they can also be designed to apply only to certain classes of vehicles, such as heavy-duty trucks.

Congestion, low-emissions, and zero-emissions zones can be designed to meet an area’s particular challenges with the best practices for that community. Some of the factors to consider are included in the table above.

Consideration of local needs vital to implementation

Communities in other countries have established ZEZs to discourage the use of polluting gasoline and diesel vehicles in dense urban areas. Given the high levels of vehicular air pollution in California and the racial inequities in exposure to tailpipe pollution, communities may want to explore ZEZs as a potential remedy ZEZs are promising because, in addition to promoting long-term change, such as the transition to electric vehicles, if designed equitably, they can direct the benefits of existing clean vehicle policies to people who are overburdened by harmful air pollution.

In implementing ZEZs in hardest hit communities, there are important equity considerations that must be addressed, such as access to cleaner vehicles and chargers, ensuring market-based approaches result in real-world emissions reductions, and, most importantly, assurance that the community has the power to determine the structure and implementation of the zone.

Similarly, decisionmakers must consider many factors in pursuing an LEZ/ZEZ, and each city will need to explore the options that work locally. For too long, in implementing solutions to help the environment, decisionmakers have missed the opportunity to center economic and racial justice. ZEZs hold potential to further all three, but the policy should be considered carefully within each local context.

In fact, equitable implementation of an LEZ or ZEZ is not possible if it is done in an acontextual or ahistorical manner, particularly in California where car dependency, highways, and transit systems were born out of racialized policies. New policies must not ignore the impact of past decisions such as the construction of highways intentionally designed to segregate communities of color or punitive, racially-targeted transit enforcement. On a smaller scale, each locality’s unique context must also be factored to design an appropriate ZEZ that targets community needs, seizes opportunities for economic development and prioritizes racial equity.

For these reasons, this primer highlights the critical importance of context, and prioritized interviews and qualitative data from stakeholders in California’s communities with the highest levels of air pollution and poverty levels (AB 617 Communities). The feedback received was critical for understanding community perspectives on ZEZs, developing equity considerations, policy recommendations for decision makers, and mitigating future transportation induced environmental inequality.

While LEZs and ZEZs are not the silver bullet to equitable transportation or pollution reduction, if done with an equity-centered approach, and in combination with other community-driven strategies, the potential benefits could serve as a step in the right direction.

Featured image from LACI, from related story: USA’s 1st Zero-Emissions Delivery Zone Is In Santa Monica, California


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Tesla Model 3 Review After 3 Years: “I really, really, capital letters L-O-V-E, LOVE this car!”

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Arash Malek, the founder of Scentwedge, has shared a 3 year review of his Tesla Model 3. He has accumulated 80,000 miles in those 3 years, which inspired him to share a review on how he truly feels about the car.

Arash starts the video by emphasizing that he loves his car. Imagine loving your car after owning it for three years. Many I know would be ready for a new car due to issues they have with parts or just aging.

“To summarize it with one word, I guess it would be that I love, love, love, love it — love it! I freaking love the car. I really, really, capital letters L-O-V-E, LOVE this car. Let me tell you why.

“Aesthetically speaking, the Tesla Model 3 is the most minimal interior of any car, in my opinion. Everything that’s there is absolutely necessary to be there and I find it beautiful when something is clearly a subtractive design process. When you focus on removing rather than adding, that really resonates with me, and I prefer the Tesla Model 3 interior over the Tesla Model S or Model X interior — well, not the refresh, but the one before the refresh. And I just find it so naturally beautiful.”

As he spoke, he shared footage of his Model 3 driving in the lush mountain scenery that was accented by the warm glow of the sun. There’s a small lake to the left, vibrant green grass on either side of the road that curves into a horizon guarded by small mountains. This scene reflects Arash’s aesthetic, which he described as a minimalist purist.

“For that reason, I haven’t done many modifications to the car. In fact, the only other thing that I’ve done is add a little bit more wood to the interior of the car with the Scentwedge center console. But aside from that, I’ve done zero modifications to the car and I absolutely love it the way it rolled off the lot.”

He explained that he’s not a car person. Before he drove his Model 3, he had a Honda Accord and only used it to get from point A to point B. He really wasn’t a fan of the car and isn’t much into babying a car. He would wash it in an automated car wash and didn’t really focus on protecting the paint — it was just a car.

“It’s not so much that I want to baby the car and protect it. It’s more so I still see it as a tool, but I see it as the best freaking tool — the most fun tool. And the smartest tool available that happens to also be the fastest and most fun thing to drive and get around with.

“How often do you change the oil? And the answer to that is, ‘Never. I’ve never changed the oil on my car.’”

He explained how convenient charging is, especially on road trips. When Arash was in Norway, he took his Model 3 on a five-day-long road trip. He noted that range anxiety was nonexistent.

“Going from point A to point B, the idea of charging doesn’t even cross my mind because the car navigates you to the chargers that you need along your route based on charge status — and road conditions, inclines, declines, weather — and it just does all the thinking for you. So, figuring out how you’re going to charge, where you’re going to charge, is a non-issue because the car does it for you.”

Arash also explained that although many may fret over changing the brake pads in their cars, this is not an issue for a Tesla due to Tesla’s regen braking.

“The wear and tear on the brakes are significantly less than a traditional gas-powered car. So, actually replacing the brakes if you don’t race with the car, which I don’t, is not that frequent at all. I mean I think over the course of 80,000 miles I’ve only changed my brakes maybe once and I’m not even sure of that.

“After 80,000 miles of use, I still feel the same way about it as the first day that I purchased the car. And I think something about that is intrinsically magical. It’s constantly pushing the status quo of what it used to be. It’s kind of impossible to get tired of it and that’s my genuine review of the Tesla Model 3 after 80,000 miles. It just keeps getting better and it’s never been to the point where I’ve even considered upgrading the car to anything else.

Arash said that he considered getting a Model Y due to space and car camping, but he’s already on the waiting list for the Cybertruck and he thinks that will be his end vehicle.

“I tell everyone that I know: It’s the best product that I’ve ever purchased, hands down.”

You can watch Arash’s full review here.


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Tesla Model 3 Review After 3 Years: “I really, really, capital letters L-O-V-E, LOVE this car!”

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Arash Malek, the founder of Scentwedge, has shared a 3 year review of his Tesla Model 3. He has accumulated 80,000 miles in those 3 years, which inspired him to share a review on how he truly feels about the car.

Arash starts the video by emphasizing that he loves his car. Imagine loving your car after owning it for three years. Many I know would be ready for a new car due to issues they have with parts or just aging.

“To summarize it with one word, I guess it would be that I love, love, love, love it — love it! I freaking love the car. I really, really, capital letters L-O-V-E, LOVE this car. Let me tell you why.

“Aesthetically speaking, the Tesla Model 3 is the most minimal interior of any car, in my opinion. Everything that’s there is absolutely necessary to be there and I find it beautiful when something is clearly a subtractive design process. When you focus on removing rather than adding, that really resonates with me, and I prefer the Tesla Model 3 interior over the Tesla Model S or Model X interior — well, not the refresh, but the one before the refresh. And I just find it so naturally beautiful.”

As he spoke, he shared footage of his Model 3 driving in the lush mountain scenery that was accented by the warm glow of the sun. There’s a small lake to the left, vibrant green grass on either side of the road that curves into a horizon guarded by small mountains. This scene reflects Arash’s aesthetic, which he described as a minimalist purist.

“For that reason, I haven’t done many modifications to the car. In fact, the only other thing that I’ve done is add a little bit more wood to the interior of the car with the Scentwedge center console. But aside from that, I’ve done zero modifications to the car and I absolutely love it the way it rolled off the lot.”

He explained that he’s not a car person. Before he drove his Model 3, he had a Honda Accord and only used it to get from point A to point B. He really wasn’t a fan of the car and isn’t much into babying a car. He would wash it in an automated car wash and didn’t really focus on protecting the paint — it was just a car.

“It’s not so much that I want to baby the car and protect it. It’s more so I still see it as a tool, but I see it as the best freaking tool — the most fun tool. And the smartest tool available that happens to also be the fastest and most fun thing to drive and get around with.

“How often do you change the oil? And the answer to that is, ‘Never. I’ve never changed the oil on my car.’”

He explained how convenient charging is, especially on road trips. When Arash was in Norway, he took his Model 3 on a five-day-long road trip. He noted that range anxiety was nonexistent.

“Going from point A to point B, the idea of charging doesn’t even cross my mind because the car navigates you to the chargers that you need along your route based on charge status — and road conditions, inclines, declines, weather — and it just does all the thinking for you. So, figuring out how you’re going to charge, where you’re going to charge, is a non-issue because the car does it for you.”

Arash also explained that although many may fret over changing the brake pads in their cars, this is not an issue for a Tesla due to Tesla’s regen braking.

“The wear and tear on the brakes are significantly less than a traditional gas-powered car. So, actually replacing the brakes if you don’t race with the car, which I don’t, is not that frequent at all. I mean I think over the course of 80,000 miles I’ve only changed my brakes maybe once and I’m not even sure of that.

“After 80,000 miles of use, I still feel the same way about it as the first day that I purchased the car. And I think something about that is intrinsically magical. It’s constantly pushing the status quo of what it used to be. It’s kind of impossible to get tired of it and that’s my genuine review of the Tesla Model 3 after 80,000 miles. It just keeps getting better and it’s never been to the point where I’ve even considered upgrading the car to anything else.

Arash said that he considered getting a Model Y due to space and car camping, but he’s already on the waiting list for the Cybertruck and he thinks that will be his end vehicle.

“I tell everyone that I know: It’s the best product that I’ve ever purchased, hands down.”

You can watch Arash’s full review here.


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Who on Earth is Twiggy Forest? 

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Andrew “Twiggy” Forest is Australia’s second richest person. His wealth has been accumulated from mining and other ventures. He is the major shareholder and former CEO of Fortesque Metals, which holds massive iron ore leases in the Pilbara of Western Australia. Inspired by other billionaires (like Bill and Melinda Gates), he has pledged to give away his wealth during his lifetime. To do so, so far, he has funded philanthropic foundations to wipe out modern slavery (The Global Freedom Network), encourage the employment of indigenous Australians, and grant scholarships for higher learning. 

But, you are asking, how does this relate to the readers of CleanTechnica? Let me tell you about what Twiggy is up to now. Twiggy Forest has established Fortesque Future Industries. Current projects include:

  • Successful combustion of ammonia to power locomotives and large marine vessels, including ore carriers.
  • Design and construction of hydrogen powered mining trucks and drilling rigs.
  • Successful production of green iron and green cement. 

The Outback’s answer to Steve Jobs plans to make Fortesque one of the world’s biggest energy companies by using green hydrogen. Australia’s vast renewable energy resources will be tapped to create green hydrogen that will power not only Forest’s huge mining ventures but also be available for export. 

Fortesque plans to build a 40 GW renewable energy hub in the Pilbara. This energy will be used to create hydrogen which will in turn be used to produce green steel. The EU and associated countries will be looking for products that are produced in a low-carbon environment. The export potential is mind boggling. 

The transition to green steel will not be easy. Twiggy anticipates that as green hydrogen becomes cost effective, the fossil fuel industry will fight back by slashing prices. In a recent Australian Broadcasting Commission lecture, he described it thus: “At the end, it will be grim – think of a knife fight in a telephone box.”

Judging by his track record so far, I think I know who will win. We have a ringside seat, pass the popcorn!


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