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My wife liked the car - she found it to be peppy - in other words quick get up and go. She found the driving experience to be very similar to our 2019 XC40. Paired our phones to the car - set up the individual keys in driver profiles one for me and one for her.
The one pedal drive is interesting - would not use it for highway driving as you need to coast more - but it works well when driving in town/city once you get a feel for it. I would assume that as you let off the accelerator pedal and it starts braking the rear brake lights must come on for drivers behind you since using the one pedal you have no need to touch the brake unless you gauge the distance incorrectly. When you open up the climate function to full screen there is a separate settings icon so you can set up some of the functions so the car is ready for you when you get in like seat heat on steering wheel heat on etc.
Have not used any of the extra apps yet - that is something to play with once I get more experience with the car.
One thing of note when we went for a short drive around town for my wife to get familiar with it found the A/C did not seem to be very cool even when setting to the low setting vs. auto and temp control.
Here hoping your dealer calls with a pick up date tomorrow!!
Glad you guys got in that exploratory drive. We love one-pedal driving in our Model 3, which is also very aggressive and almost the same level as that in the the demo XC40 P8 that I drove. However, it did take practice in the Model 3 on the highway, learning to "modulate" the pedal disengagement/engagement to master that balance point for smooth driving, and I'll try to do the same on our XC40. But I notice though that Volvo, in their Quick Guide, suggest turning off the one pedal mode for highway driving, so it might come to that - whatever!

Regarding your AC, I wonder if the 12V battery in your car is not quite at its full charge level yet because of sitting for so long at the port - and once the car is driven around for a while and then recharged properly at home that everything will come up to snuff. I'm assuming Volvo uses the 12V battery and not the big high voltage battery to drive the HVAC components by using the same 12V compressor units as their ICE XC40 models that have been around for a while. Just as a comparison with another EV's AC system, there's always been plenty of cold (and heat) output in the Tesla.

If you're coming up to the point of recharging the car in your garage now, were you able to program your off-peak charging times on your center console? The Quick Guide indicates that you should be able to, but it doesn't illustrate such an important part graphically! I also found it interesting that in the Quick Guide, Volvo recommends leaving the Amps to the maximum 48A setting regardless even if you might have a lower power going in, which is the same for my current setting for home charging, and identical also that Tesla too recommends charging to 90% for daily driving, and 100% for a trip.
 

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Glad you guys got in that exploratory drive. We love one-pedal driving in our Model 3, which is also very aggressive and almost the same level as that in the the demo XC40 P8 that I drove. However, it did take practice in the Model 3 on the highway, learning to "modulate" the pedal disengagement/engagement to master that balance point for smooth driving, and I'll try to do the same on our XC40. But I notice though that Volvo, in their Quick Guide, suggest turning off the one pedal mode for highway driving, so it might come to that - whatever!

Regarding your AC, I wonder if the 12V battery in your car is not quite at its full charge level yet because of sitting for so long at the port - and once the car is driven around for a while and then recharged properly at home that everything will come up to snuff. I'm assuming Volvo uses the 12V battery and not the big high voltage battery to drive the HVAC components by using the same 12V compressor units as their ICE XC40 models that have been around for a while. Just as a comparison with another EV's AC system, there's always been plenty of cold (and heat) output in the Tesla.

If you're coming up to the point of recharging the car in your garage now, were you able to program your off-peak charging times on your center console? The Quick Guide indicates that you should be able to, but it doesn't illustrate such an important part graphically! I also found it interesting that in the Quick Guide, Volvo recommends leaving the Amps to the maximum 48A setting regardless even if you might have a lower power going in, which is the same for my current setting for home charging, and identical also that Tesla too recommends charging to 90% for daily driving, and 100% for a trip.
Thanks - good point on the 12 V battery - maybe I will put the charger on it or like you say drive for a bit and let it charge up on its own - will keep monitoring it for now and let you know if it gets better.
I did recharge the car - but did not see how to program off-peak times - it does talk about that becoming available in the ON CALL app at the end of 2021 early 2022. We have a 240 line (used the older clothes dryer line and circuit since we have a gas dryer - it is 32 amp - left the car at 48 and the wall unit showed it was delivering 28-31 amps and that is what showed in the dash display as well. The dealer delivery specialist stated to get optimal life out of the batteries to always keep it in the 20-80% range except up to 100 for a long trip as you stated.
 

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Glad you guys got in that exploratory drive. We love one-pedal driving in our Model 3, which is also very aggressive and almost the same level as that in the the demo XC40 P8 that I drove. However, it did take practice in the Model 3 on the highway, learning to "modulate" the pedal disengagement/engagement to master that balance point for smooth driving, and I'll try to do the same on our XC40. But I notice though that Volvo, in their Quick Guide, suggest turning off the one pedal mode for highway driving, so it might come to that - whatever!

Regarding your AC, I wonder if the 12V battery in your car is not quite at its full charge level yet because of sitting for so long at the port - and once the car is driven around for a while and then recharged properly at home that everything will come up to snuff. I'm assuming Volvo uses the 12V battery and not the big high voltage battery to drive the HVAC components by using the same 12V compressor units as their ICE XC40 models that have been around for a while. Just as a comparison with another EV's AC system, there's always been plenty of cold (and heat) output in the Tesla.

If you're coming up to the point of recharging the car in your garage now, were you able to program your off-peak charging times on your center console? The Quick Guide indicates that you should be able to, but it doesn't illustrate such an important part graphically! I also found it interesting that in the Quick Guide, Volvo recommends leaving the Amps to the maximum 48A setting regardless even if you might have a lower power going in, which is the same for my current setting for home charging, and identical also that Tesla too recommends charging to 90% for daily driving, and 100% for a trip.
Just went out to the car and set up and hooked up the charger - the Owners/operators manual states the following:
Schedule charging
When charging using alternating current, it is possible to schedule and set start and stop times for charging. It is not possible to charge outside set start and stop times. Tap Set timer to schedule charging.

But in the center display and in the dash display I did not see any provision for scheduling.
 

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Just went out to the car and set up and hooked up the charger - the Owners/operators manual states the following:
Schedule charging
When charging using alternating current, it is possible to schedule and set start and stop times for charging. It is not possible to charge outside set start and stop times. Tap Set timer to schedule charging.

But in the center display and in the dash display I did not see any provision for scheduling.
Yes, it's actually in the Owners Manual, not the Quick Guide).
I'm looking forward to getting the "it's here!" call from the dealer so I can ask him these types of questions for clarification...
Thanks for the links.
 

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Yes, it's actually in the Owners Manual, not the Quick Guide).
I'm looking forward to getting the "it's here!" call from the dealer so I can ask him these types of questions for clarification...
Thanks for the links.
Just an FYI - I sent an email to our dealer asking about the status of updates on our vehicle - he replied back stating the items I asked about had been completed - here is the email as an FYI:

Hi George

Hope all is well!

That recall R10078 has been done on your vehicle. This was the reason the vehicle was held at port so Volvo Canada
can fix/ update everything.

As for latest software for you vehicle, the technician who prepares your vehicle for delivery checks to make sure it
is up to date. If the vehicle needed anything, it would have had it installed before released to you.

Attached is the release form we got once your vehicles recall was complete from Volvo Canada.

Thank you!

Bryan Baltazar
Assistant Sales Manager

From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Monday, April 12, 2021 8:26 AM
To: Bryan Baltazar
Subject: Recall update and March update

Hello – would you be able to tell me if the following updates have been completed on my car:
The Battery Energy Control Module (BECM) microprocessor may reset and cause the high voltage system to disconnect A disconnected high voltage system can cause a loss of drive power, increasing the risk of a crash. What to do Volvo will notify owners, and the software will be updated by a dealer, or through an over-the-air (OTA) update free of charge.
Owners may contact Volvo Car customer service at (800) 458-1552. Volvo's number for this recall is R10078.
Also has this one been complete on my car:
Updates from and including March 2021 (2104.1)
  1. Improvements in estimated range.
  2. Stability improvements for AC charging.
  3. Radio: linking between FM and DAB for a seamless sound experience. (Note: favorite stations will be deleted and need to be reset).
  4. Harman Kardon Premium Audio: improved surround sound.
  5. More vehicle settings and improved settings for driver profiles.
  6. Climate timers: stability improvements.
  7. 360°-view of Park Assist Cameras: quality and stability improvements.
  8. Bluetooth telephony: function and stability improvements.
  9. OTA quality and stability improvements.
My VIN for my 2021 XC40 Recharge – VIN - YV4ED3URXM2533226 I took delivery of it on Friday April 9/21.
Also – how can I check the software version in the car to verify if it is the latest that has all the latest updates?
I checked in Settings on the centre display and I found a build number but not sure how to understand if it is the latest update – it is QA1A.201017.002ARTINFO.QAB.1-163-ge59708ebe
Thanks
George Sportel
 

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Yes, it's actually in the Owners Manual, not the Quick Guide).
I'm looking forward to getting the "it's here!" call from the dealer so I can ask him these types of questions for clarification...
Thanks for the links.
Ooops missed including the actual letter from Volvo to the dealer that the Assistant Sales Manager sent - here it is as a further FYI:

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Just an FYI - I sent an email to our dealer asking about the status of updates on our vehicle - he replied back stating the items I asked about had been completed
I found an interesting bit of info on the Norwegian Volvo site.
Specifically, two updates were done to the P8 in 2021 - one starting week 5 and the other with weeks 9 and 11. The one in week 5, together with those in week 9 2021, were UPDATED MANUALLY, which means either dealership demo units or cars stuck at ports had to be done manually. Week 11 was the start of OTA updates going forward.
Here's the info:
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I found an interesting bit of info on the Norwegian Volvo site.
Specifically, two updates were done to the P8 in 2021 - one starting week 5 and the other with weeks 9 and 11. The one in week 5, together with those in week 9 2021, were UPDATED MANUALLY, which means either dealership demo units or cars stuck at ports had to be done manually. Week 11 was the start of OTA updates going forward.
Here's the info:
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I wonder it Volvo has a program like this in Canada? My dealer did not mention anything but I have not had to interact with the parts or service dept yet and it looks like this was addressed to the Service Manager at the dealerships.

https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/tsbs/2...GXZCEXLmALFGz65Bzj7D18qpE8uvaolP799a7wv13hpZo
 

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I wonder it Volvo has a program like this in Canada? My dealer did not mention anything but I have not had to interact with the parts or service dept yet and it looks like this was addressed to the Service Manager at the dealerships.

https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/tsbs/2...GXZCEXLmALFGz65Bzj7D18qpE8uvaolP799a7wv13hpZo
Usually these Service Bulletins cover both USA & Canada, but this one seems to apply to the USA market only.
But I think it should apply here too, so this is something I'll check with my dealer's service dept. at delivery time. Still no word from them yet, though.
 

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Usually these Service Bulletins cover both USA & Canada, but this one seems to apply to the USA market only.
But I think it should apply here too, so this is something I'll check with my dealer's service dept. at delivery time. Still no word from them yet, though.
Yes Thanks - let me know what you find out.
Couple things about the car - so lets say you are parked at a store and it is a hot day - car is locked windows up - as you are returning to your car when you are in fob distance of the car push and hold the unlock button - the car will unlock and all the windows will go down so the heat can escape while you are walking up to it. Also say it is reverse - you park the car - windows are open as you leave the car you push the lock button on your fob and hold it down the car will lock and all the windows that are open will go up.
 

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Well, the car is in at the dealership and is being prepped for delivery Saturday!
Hope the weather is good for a quick 100 Km first drive - there's talk of snow in the air.
Great news. You will enjoy it. Hope all goes well send a couple of pics and let me know how things go with the dealer. I am sure it will be good based on the interactions you have had.
 

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Well, the car is in at the dealership and is being prepped for delivery Saturday!
Hope the weather is good for a quick 100 Km first drive - there's talk of snow in the air.
Looks like the snow is gone out of your forecast for tomorrow - high of 11 and sunny cloudy so the drive should be good.
Wondering if rather than share info about our experiences and what we learn after using the vehicles and sharing ideas and info about the car on this forum how about exchanging email addresses? Let me know if you are interested and I will send you my email. Have fun tomorrow are you trading another EV in or a gasoline model?
 

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Looks like the snow is gone out of your forecast for tomorrow - high of 11 and sunny cloudy so the drive should be good.
Wondering if rather than share info about our experiences and what we learn after using the vehicles and sharing ideas and info about the car on this forum how about exchanging email addresses? Let me know if you are interested and I will send you my email. Have fun tomorrow are you trading another EV in or a gasoline model?
Yes, thanks that makes sense as it seems we're the only two in this thread so far.
So, I've sent you a private message via the Start Conversation facility - check it out and send me your email address there!
 

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Hi. First time Volvo owner living in Ottawa. Waiting to hear our XC40 has arrived at the dealer so we can schedule to pick it up.
Never owned an EV before, but looking forward to this one!
 

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Hi. First time Volvo owner living in Ottawa. Waiting to hear our XC40 has arrived at the dealer so we can schedule to pick it up.
Never owned an EV before, but looking forward to this one!
Congrats - picked ours up last friday - love it - our first EV too - but had a 2019 Gasoline XC40 T5 Momentum for the last few years so was familiar with the car since the Recharge is the same as the Gasoline model except for how it is fueled. It was basically designed to be an EV but was first released as a Gasoline model. The main internal difference is that the Infotainment system is now powered by Google vs. the Volvo Sensus system - the Google system is much better.
Also Volvo will be providing a number of upgrades over the next year and half via Over the air updates - if you go to the Volvo site and too the menu in the Volvo Owners area under support you will be able to see what will be coming in the next year. Hope you get the call soon - it is fun - and crazy fast - so be careful when you floor the accelerator!!
 

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Congrats - picked ours up last friday - love it - our first EV too - but had a 2019 Gasoline XC40 T5 Momentum for the last few years so was familiar with the car since the Recharge is the same as the Gasoline model except for how it is fueled. It was basically designed to be an EV but was first released as a Gasoline model. The main internal difference is that the Infotainment system is now powered by Google vs. the Volvo Sensus system - the Google system is much better.
Also Volvo will be providing a number of upgrades over the next year and half via Over the air updates - if you go to the Volvo site and too the menu in the Volvo Owners area under support you will be able to see what will be coming in the next year. Hope you get the call soon - it is fun - and crazy fast - so be careful when you floor the accelerator!!
I‘m pretty excited. Thanks for the info about the support section. We got a spec sheet from the dealer and it just had a little star noting some items were coming in the future with no indication of when. Nice to see some clarifications on that.
 

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Hi Everybody, just a short introduction:
First-time Volvo owners - a 2021 Thunder Grey Metallic XC40 P8 Recharge. Being a First Edition model, it's fully loaded with all packages and every option, including some we did not want (e.g. the bigger 20" wheels), but had to buy as configured, with no discounting!! Overall, wife and I are very happy with the car.
We are long-time EV owners (including Tesla) - currently have a Smart EQ fortwo, which we intend to use predominantly for in-city scooting about, and to engage the XC40 for more extensive driving.
When did you take delivery? I don't see anyone else having actually gotten their vehicle. The "software update" issue is keeping cars in limbo. Did you have any special considerations to take the car "as is"?
 

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When did you take delivery? I don't see anyone else having actually gotten their vehicle. The "software update" issue is keeping cars in limbo. Did you have any special considerations to take the car "as is"?
Hi I took delivery two weeks ago - do not have the heat pump option - was not made available for the Canadian Market due to issues - so the car has all the latest updates that were available with the volvo March update.
I believe what is keeping cars at the port is the heat pump issue which is causing the A/C to under perform and Volvo will not release til resolved.
 

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When did you take delivery? I don't see anyone else having actually gotten their vehicle. The "software update" issue is keeping cars in limbo. Did you have any special considerations to take the car "as is"?
Took possession on April 17th, about a month after ordering it. Not the first EV - went from a Tesla Model 3 Long Range to the XC40 Recharge, and the whole feel of this Volvo is way more sophisticated in every way. Very pleased with the car. No special considerations, but had a very good dealer and delivery experience.
 
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