On August 21 a fleet of Volvo XC60 SUVs will cruise across the U.S. to capture the solar eclipse in 360-degree virtual reality. After the eclipse, the raw footage will be compiled and edited into a unified material which will be shared all over the world.
A full solar eclipse has not been visible in the U.S. for 100 years, and the next one will only happen in 2024. If you wanted to see a total solar eclipse of the sun before, you had to fly to Nova Scotia.
Stirring up the automotive industry
Volvo has recently caused some waves in the automotive industry by announcing that all the company’s cars will be equipped with a battery and an electric motor starting from 2019. So, Volvo together with the parent company, Geely, are currently busy designing electric batteries for the future.
Some of the new Volvo cars will be hybrids, and the other will be plug-in hybrids. This announcement places the company as the major manufacturer to turn its back for good to traditional cars.
The Volvo XC60 specs & features
The Volvo XC60 is a significant car for Volvo, and this has been reflected in the huge number of sales, as it was sold more than any other model that the company sells.
The midsize SUV is new for 2018, and it comes with the same turbocharged 400 horsepower plug-in hybrid powertrain that comes in the larger XC90 with only one tiny difference. The battery in the XC60 is 1.2 kWh larger, and it gives it an all electric range of 28 miles.
Availability and pricing
Volvo began producing the brand new XC60 cars at its factory in Torslanda, Sweden. The cars will become available in the U.S. from 2018. The exact prices for the American market haven’t been announced yet, but the present version of the car begins at $41,000 which is approximately the same as a BMW i3.
The XC60 will be placed in the middle of one of the coolest segments of the new car market from all over the world. Volvo will have a huge advantage in the marketplace due to its mid-size SUV with a mid-size price.