With a heavy focus on plug-in hybrids (PHEVs), though, I assume Volvo has noticed a problem Daryl Elliott of CleanTechnica recently highlighted in an article about why the PHEV era needs to end. Many PHEV drivers don’t plug in their cars, or seldom plug them in. One of Daryl’s core arguments was that if PHEV drivers seldom drive on electricity, they’re not helping in the expected way and policymakers should stop incentivizing them while automakers should stop developing them.
Volvo’s latest press release implies that it did notice this. Its “Volvo on Call” smartphone app now includes new features for Recharge (plug-in vehicle) drivers. The core aim of the new features is to get owners driving on electricity more.