If you spend an inordinate amount of time watching HGTV or the Magnolia Network, and you’re in the market for a socially and environmentally responsible vehicle, pull up a seat, because this posting is right in your wheelhouse. Volvo Car USA, which is making a major push into EVs, in part through its Polestar sub-brand, has teamed with Canada-based Garage Living and the technology-enabled realty broker Compass to brainstorm and build a prototype Recharge Garage for electrically powered vehicles in Palm Springs, California, at a single-family residence already listed for sale by Compass.
Appropriately, the vehicle selected to augment this eco-remodeling is a Volvo C40 Recharge crossover. The garage rehab was intended to transform the structure into one where an EV turnaround can be quickly accomplished, with Garage Living installing three Volvo-branded Level 2 home chargers, meaning three vehicles can be simultaneously recharged. In light of current – no pun intended – workplace realities, Garage Living also planned in a built-in desk and foldaway meeting table, along with an entertainment center combining smart TV technology with high-end Bowers & Wilkins audio, plus storage for lifestyle equipment. Add a micro fridge, microwave and cot and from our viewpoint, you’re golden. Expect more transformative treatments of the traditional home garage going forward.