The word is not politically correct, of course – but it does convey an important meaning. One retards the ignition timing, for instance.
Volvo’s 2022 C40 Recharge being an example of the latter.
And a warning – about what’s coming.
What is the C40 Recharge? It can be described as an electrically retarded version of the Volvo XC40 – Volvo’s compact-sized crossover. The Retard – whoops, Recharge – is based on the same underlying platform, or chassis architecture but differs radically in terms of what propels it – as well as what follows from that.
The XC40 comes standard with a 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder engine that can pull a 3,500 trailer – and pull you more than 400 highway miles before the tank runs dry. Its tank can be fully refueled in five minutes or less, practically anywhere.
Volvo asks $34,100 for this.
The C40 Recharge retards all of this.
Well, except for one thing . . . .
Its electrified propulsion system might take you about half as far (210 miles is advertised) as the XC40, provided it’s not too cold out and provided you can refrain from using the heater – which will sap the charge available, reducing how far you can travel. The same goes for the use of any electrically powered accessory in an electric car. The air conditioner/defroster, for instance. Also the lights. All electrically powered.
It’s still not quite half as far as the XC40 can go – heater on, full blast (because in a not-electric car, heat is a free byproduct of combustion, the use of which doesn’t reduce the vehicle’s range at all).
Range is also immaterial, in a non-retarded car.
Even if the XC40 could only travel 210 miles before it ran out of gas, it only takes about five minutes to re-instill a full tank of gas. The C40 requires you to retard your day – via the delay.
Forty minutes’ wait – for 80 percent charge.
Which is to say, 40 minutes’ wait to recover 168 miles of theoretical range, Faberge egg under the accelerator pedal, heater and AC off or at least, turned down low.
How else to describe this but retarded?
As in, limited or reduced.
Including what you can tow with this thing. Which is only 2,000 lbs.
Well, there is one thing . . .
The situation is actually worse than the numbers reflect. One can drive a not-electric vehicle like the XC40 without worry – literally, One hardly has to think about fueling because fuel is everywhere – and the wait is incidental. Most of us have run our vehicles “on fumes” at one point or another – knowing that we’d be able, probably, to make it to the next station.
Any station would do. They are all fast – actually. Not in air-fingers-quotes.
No need to plan. No need to panic. Even if you do run dry, you can be back on the road in minutes. Just jog down the road to the gas station and bring back a gallon. How do you bring back a kilowatt-hour?
In the electrically retarded car, you’d better plan. Because if a “fast” charger isn’t found in time, you will be spending a lot of time, derelict by the side of the road. Waiting for a tow. Or plugged in to a standard (120 volt) outlet, which will recharge your electric car extremely slowly.
Even if you find a “fast” charger in time, you will still lose at least 40 minutes of your time. This assumes you’re first in line. If you’re not, you’ll wait until the car ahead of you is finished partially charging up. His 40 minute wait added yours.
It could be longer.
Keep in mind throughput – the term for how many cars can be refueled – or recharged – at a given number of pumps or plugs. Six pumps can refuel – to full – six non-electric cars in five minutes or so. The spots open up for the next six cars.
Six plugs can recharge – partially recharge – six electric cars in 40 minutes. While these six electric cars are partially charging – while their owners are waiting – a fleet of not-electric cars has been refueling.
And leaving. Making way for other cars that need fuel.
The not-electric car that pulled up to the pump at the same time the electric car pulled up to the plug was gone – and back on the road – five minutes later. The owner of the electric car followed, about 35 minutes later. He’ll be forced to stop – again – much sooner. Remember, 80 percent “full.” So not even 210 miles.
Is it not . . . retarded?
Oh, yes. There is the one thing that isn’t less about the C40 Recharge. It is what you pay for it. Nearly $60,000. That’s nearly twice what you’d pay to drive an XC40 twice as far without having to stop – and being able to go, again, much faster.
You’d have to be retarded to buy into this.
Which is why it’s being forced on us.
The Retard – oops, Recharge – isn’t the only example of regression and decline that’s new and not-improved. It is a preview of the general short-bussing that’s coming. After 120 years of progress, of cars that are better and cost less with each generation, we are now experiencing the leading edge of a forced reversal – the equivalent of eating chips of lead-based paint and washing them down with a mercury-laced cup of milk.
The enstupidation of vehicles follows upon the enstupidation of the coverage thereof. The car press isn’t explaining what’s coming – nor what it will cost. It’s all so very cool and forward thinking!
And they ask me why I drink . . .
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