Nobody stated it will be simple. Volvo has dedicated to promote solely electrical automobiles by 2030 and as we speak hosted a virtual unveiling of the 2022 Volvo C40 Recharge, a coupe/SUV mashup that additionally turns into the second providing within the Recharge lineup of electrical automobiles. However how is Volvo’s first EV providing going?
MotorTrend first realized of the problem after being contacted by a buyer who bought a 2021 XC40 Recharge was advised it’s sitting at a New Jersey port indefinitely due to points with the Volvo on Name app. It seems Volvo despatched the primary batch of 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge EVs to prospects with out activating the Volvo on Name software program, a subscription service that enables the proprietor to make use of their smartphone for instructions comparable to unlocking the automobile and turning it on.
“They delivered the primary batch with out assist and house owners weren’t joyful. Now they’ve simply stopped supply,” the annoyed buyer tells us, including that there additionally isn’t any assist for the Sirius satellite tv for pc radio. Her new automobile is caught in New Jersey with no date on when it may be delivered.
Volvo Not Offering Solutions
No readability is forthcoming from Volvo itself. “The timing of U.S. buyer deliveries of XC40 Recharge has not modified from the unique schedule of Q1 2021,” is the response we bought from Volvo spokesman Russell Datz who has not responded to additional questions concerning the software program issues.
MotorTrend will not be the one media outlet that was contacted. The Verge can be reporting that XC40 Recharge SUVs are being held at U.S. ports. awaiting a software program replace. A buyer contacted The Verge to say he was speculated to get his XC40 Recharge on the finish of February and his can be nonetheless on the port in Newark, New Jersey, and may be there till mid-April.
Volvo will not be alone in dealing with software-related holdups. Volkswagen, which has made the largest dedication to electrical automobiles of any automaker, confronted delays within the launch of the VW ID3 for Europe final yr due to software program glitches.
Volvo to Promote Solely Electrical Automobiles by 2030
It is an inauspicious begin for Volvo’s EV floor recreation in America. The automaker was one of many first manufacturers to decide to an EV future, asserting in 2017 that every one new fashions from 2019 on can be totally electrical or a hybrid. The goal is to promote 1 million such automobiles with new fashions to come back from Volvo and its Polestar spinoff.
At present, Volvo is on observe to shift half of its gross sales to completely electrical automobiles by 2025. A brand new totally electrical automobile, to be marketed beneath the Recharge banner, is predicted yearly, beginning with the Volvo XC40 Recharge. CEO Hakan Samuelsson stated he desires Volvo to be an electric-only model by 2030.
Volvo plans to launch a brand new household of electrical automobiles and they are going to be offered on-line solely, by the volvocars.com on-line retailer. To make it simpler for purchasers, Volvo will cut back the complexity of the EVs, making ordering simpler.
However Volvo won’t shut its current dealerships. Already the automaker sells some automobiles by dealerships and different fashions should be ordered on-line.