Delivery planning for the Volvo XC40 Recharge in the US was delayed when the electric model had not received a major software update.
According to The Verge, Volvo’s first electric vehicle, the XC40 Recharge, has not been able to clear customs clearance despite its presence in the US.
The reason comes from the fact that this batch of electric cars, when shipped in Sweden, has not yet activated the Volvo On Call system software. Volvo On Call allows the car to connect to a smartphone so that users can lock / unlock the car door or start the car remotely, and at the same time monitor operating parameters on the phone.
A customer in the state of New Jersey who ordered the Volvo XC40 Recharge said the dealer announced that his car could not be delivered because the Volvo On Call software was not up to date. Initially, he planned to pick up the car by the end of February but now may have to wait until mid-April when the manufacturer completes the software addition.
Responding to the media about the delayed delivery of the vehicle, Volvo’s spokesman in the US did not specifically explain the software problem. Instead, the Swedish automaker confirmed that the plan to hand over the XC40 Recharge in the US will still be carried out as planned in the first quarter of 2021.
More than a week ago, Volvo just released an online software update (OTA) for the electric variant of the Volvo XC40 that went on sale in the world. In addition to the new version for the software in the main control system, Volvo says the update also improves charging time and range for the XC40 Recharge.
In the US, the Volvo XC40 Recharge starts at $ 53,990. The 5-seater SUV is equipped with two electric motors with a total capacity of 402 hp and 660 Nm torque. Vehicles capable of accelerating 0-96 km / h takes 4.7 seconds, charging time takes 40 minutes to be 80% of the battery and the range of travel is 335 km when fully charged.