Volvo’s latest Driving Journal app now available for EVs in South Africa

Volvo Car South Africa is pleased to announce that the latest iteration of their Driving Journal application is now extended to all battery electric vehicle (BEV) models in South Africa.

Developed by Volvo Cars, the Android app runs in the background and automatically logs all trips – allowing the user to easily apply for travel reimbursement when it comes to business journeys – and is now available locally via Google Play for all Volvo models featuring built-in Google services*.

New to the Swedish luxury brand’s electric cars and housed within the Volvo Cars app, the Driving Journal automatically creates a drive log every time you set off. For each drive, the application logs the start point, distance, trip duration, destination and even fuel consumption – or, in the case of Volvo’s latest BEVs, battery energy consumption.

At the end of every trip, all information is uploaded to the cloud – in encrypted form and over a secure connection – where it is stored for up to 400 days. Trips can be merged or deleted as well as categorised as either private or business. It is also possible to export the journal directly to a computer or similar smart device, which is especially useful for drivers who need to create business expense reports.

Greg Maruszewski, Managing Director at Volvo Car South Africa, says the local rollout of the innovative application is just another way the Swedish luxury brand is seeking to make the lives of its customers – including those who own electric vehicles – easier.

“With the release of this latest Driving Journal in-car app for our market, local Volvo drivers of models with built-in Google gain fuss-free access to accurate trip data, all without having to lift a finger. It’s particularly appropriate that this application has been extended to our BEVs as we continue our transition towards electric mobility,” said Maruszewski.

While the Driving Journal is a convenient app for both company-car drivers and those who use their private vehicle for business purposes, its automatic logging of kilometres and fuel use/energy consumption can also help customers plan future trips and even aid in maximising driving efficiency.

*minimum required software version for vehicles with Google built-in is 2.5.