AUTOMATIC INSPECTION: Holidays in Palm Springs with the All-Electric Volvo C40 Recharge 2022: The Rise of Conscious Design

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins, www.AutomotiveRhythms.com

With the pandemic starting to wane, people are looking forward to traveling freely again, either on vacation or just to an idyllic destination for a business trip. In my case, I was able to combine the best of both worlds with a trip to Palm Springs, California, to explore the depths of the all-electric Volvo C40 Recharge 2022 electric crossover while enjoying a vacation in the desert oasis of The Parker Palm Springs.

Work life and mandatory family responsibilities require the mind, body and spirit to be recharged as often as possible to offset the daily burdens. Therefore, the relaxing resorts, the cultivated experiences, the plant-based restaurants and the modern mid-century Palm Springs architecture were ideal for my trip. But what is even more interesting is that the abundance of electric vehicles (EVs) in our market has led us to consciously rethink our lifestyle in order to reduce the carbon footprint from what we eat and drink to the way we drive and live. People overconsume in every category, so awareness, minimalist and reductive habits are vital pillars to save this planet from self-destruction. As a vegan myself, I know it is an abnormal approach by the rule. However, it is essential for every aspect of life.

Volvo Car USA has invited the automotive media for a test drive in the C40 Recharge’s holiday style – Volvo’s first all-electric vehicle – for a cutting-edge experience behind the wheel of the latest Scandinavian engineering, design and sustainability. An ambitious transformation plan will lead to complete electrification of its vehicles by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2040. The Volvo EV, built in Ghent, Belgium, is also the first to have a skinless interior that ultimately reduces vehicle weight. increases levels of compassion and reduces the carbon footprint, as 14.5% of all anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions come from livestock.

This goal was a personal ambition of Volvo CEO HÃ¥kan Samuelsson, who had to convince company executives and Volvo dealers that this was the right way for vehicles to evolve. Volvo has teamed up with Asian-American fashion designer Phillip Lim to make bags from Nordico cabin materials developed by Volvo to convince dealership women that sustainability can be top notch. In the end, the majority agreed. Microtech, a suede-like fabric, and its quality textures are made from recycled PET bottles, biodegradable materials from sustainable forests and wine bottle corks. “We have a vision for where we need to go in the future, with the first step to ensuring that we use sustainable, natural and recycled materials,” said Robin Page, Head of Design at Volvo Cars.

After flying to Palm Springs International Airport, pick up your electric car and head to The Parker to relax by the pool at Gene Autry or Silicon Valley while recovering. The iconic property is one of the most eclectic and artistic hotels in America. Yes, it also has charging stations to reactivate your route. As part of the Fit Fathers movement, I do exercise when I travel, so activities like Terre Battu tennis courts, gym, yoga, cycling and hiking were all in my alley. Palm also offers Croquet, a giant chess and golf set. In addition, the Palm Springs Yacht Club offers facial treatments, massages, manicures, an indoor pool and much more for self-care.

Are you ready to drive quietly and efficiently with the bubble-shaped Fjord Blue Metallic C40 Recharge with black glass roof, black dual rear spoilers, black lower body frame, 20 “eco-style wheels and unique closed grille? Its magnetic blue personality is stellar and The momentum is impressive when we use the 402 hp battery powered permanent AWD.This was useful during the mountainous ascent of the Coachella Valley on the way to Cahuilla Tewanet Vista Point to learn about the Cahuilla people who picked Nakwet berries, Tevat nuts, Hunavet leaves, acorns, Mutal plants and more for food and to make basic necessities such as baskets. There is also a path in nature to do a meditative walk before traveling to your next destination.

The 226 mph range from the 78 kWh high-voltage battery is enough for a tour of Palm Springs, but I would like to see about 300 miles before a power source is required, which seems to be the rule with premium EVs. You can charge 0% to 80% in about 40 minutes with fast DC charging. Volvo recently partnered with Star bucks to install the ChargePoint infrastructure along a 1,350-mile route between Denver and Seattle. Up to 15 locations and 60 DC fast charge handles will be available to coffee lovers of the popular coffee shop.

For my next stop, I used the new 9’s central touch screen and the Google ecosystem that integrates Google Navigation, Google Calendar, Google Play for music and talk shows, and

Google Assistant, which supports native speech. Say “Hey Google” and tell the system your destination. I prefer Google Maps on my phone and I like this technology over CarPlay. The updated multimedia system also reduces the complexity and distraction of Volvo’s previous system. The C40 Recharge accompanied me from the Angel Cove Monument and then to a magnificent Garage Living house located outside the picturesque Winter Sun Drive. In this case, the customs garage conversion company equipped the house with:

  • Three level 2 home chargers under the Volvo brand
  • Flexible work space from home with built-in desk and folding meeting table
  • Entertainment center with state-of-the-art smart TV and Bowers & Wilkins speakers
  • Innovative active lifestyle equipment storage solutions

For a healthy plant-based meal, I stopped at Chef Tanya’s Kitchen for some of the most delicious vegan food I have ever eaten. Wow, I was in paradise as the choices were plentiful, from Tempeh burgers and power salads to TuNo chickpea salad sandwiches and Moroccan roasted cauliflower. The chef’s ideologies are in line with Volvo’s ideologies, as he is inspired by the love of making good food that is natural, healthy and environmentally friendly.

After refueling, continue your tour of various famous architectural landmarks using the C40 Recharge pedal drive mode. You only press the accelerator pedal, as lifting it slows down the Volvo as if you were pressing the brake pedal. However, it can be remarkably steep. This afternoon I had a view of The Kauffman House, the first Swiss Miss House, Dinah Shore House, Forever Marilyn, That Pink Door and Park Imperial South.

On the way back to The Parker, I tuned in to Marley Station on SIRIUS / XM as the melody flowed from the impressive Harman / Kardon sound system. The interior is spacious, effervescent and elegant, especially the handmade Crystal gear knob. I returned it in a flash to rest in my comfortable room by the pool with a bougainvillea patio. So what are you waiting for? Switching to an EV provides an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional fuel transport. And with a range of cost-effective, high-quality home chargers available, electricity is simpler than ever.

The Volvo C40 Recharge 2022 sells exclusively online with MSRP $ 58,750, but includes the full federal tax credit of $ 7,500. “Conscious design can fundamentally transform our society, and it is integral that brands take advantage of the opportunities offered,” said Martin Raymond, Co-Founder of The Future Laboratory. Yes, I wholeheartedly agree, but now is the time to end my temporary routine and return to the East Coast. So long, Palm Springs, until we meet again!

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