As we know, Volvo will be holding the 2017/18 Volvo Ocean Race soon. And to celebrate the start of this event, the Geely-owned luxury automaker prepared an eco-friendly special edition V90 Cross Country rugged wagon. This unique vehicle was made by the automaker’s Special Vehicles department, in a bid to fight marine pollution. Parts of the car like the carpet inlays were made from manufactured fabric called Econyl - made from 100 percent recycled nylon. And believe it or not, the luxurious cabin was actually made from fishing nets that had been abandoned and extracted from the seabed.
What makes it different from a standard V90 Cross Country are the colour accents that it will come with. One will notice a combination of matte grey and bright orange accents on its Crystal White body, which the standard model does not have. If you remember, we actually first saw these styling details back in 2014 on the Concept XC Coupe, and it is finally being implemented on a production model. There are other novelties such as a new set of alloy wheels, while the seat upholstery gets a tailor-made stitching.
To give back, Volvo will donate 100 euros ($116) of the sales from each of the first 3,000 cars that will be assembled. That goes up to a total of 300,000 euros ($348,400). These funds will go to Volvo’s Ocean Race’s Science Program, which hopes to clean up ocean plastics. However, we do not know if the automaker will stop at making only 3,000 examples of the model.
For this year’s Volvo Ocean Race, we should expect boats that feature a number of sensors that can obtain data that they will gather from the deepest and most remote parts of the oceans. This information ranges from barometric pressure, temperature, wind speed and currents. With the data gathered, we can get more precise weather forecasts and scientists all over the world will be able to create better climate models.
Apart from getting better weather forecasts, the onboard sensor will also measure factors including the water’s salinity, algae, and dissolved CO2. This will help us understand how plastic affects the ocean life, and will give us more details about plastic pollution.
Enough talk about the ocean and let us get back to the car. The automaker said that the eco-friendly special edition V90 Cross Country will be delivered to 30 countries, including most countries in Europe, the United States, China, Japan, and some countries in the Middle East and Africa - at least for the initial batch of 3,000.