Production of the related Polestar 3 and Volvo EX90 electric SUVs have both been pushed back, though it’s unclear just how this will affect Australian deliveries.
Both companies put out statements overnight saying additional time is needed for final software development and testing. It’s unclear what has caused this need for extra development time.
“At this stage we’re unsure about the timing implications for Australian Polestar 3 customers, but we’re working to identify a revised timeline with our colleagues in Sweden and will provide an update to our customers as soon as possible,” said a Polestar Australia spokesperson.
A Volvo Car Australia spokesperson echoed similar comments, saying it’s “too early to tell” how this production delay will affect Australian EX90 customers.
The Polestar 3 was first revealed in October 2022 and the Polestar Australia website currently shows deliveries are estimated to start from the second quarter of 2024.
The company had previously indicated deliveries would begin in the first quarter of 2024.
It’s worth noting the production delay doesn’t affect the recently revealed Polestar 4 electric crossover, which is confirmed to launch in markets outside of China in early 2024.
The Volvo EX90 on the other hand was first revealed in November 2022 and is currently slated to arrive Down Under in the late 2024 according to the Volvo Car Australia website.
Volvo had previously confirmed deliveries would start in the third quarter of 2024.
It’s unclear whether there will be further delays for both models.
As previously reported, Volvo Car Australia public relations director Greg Bosnich told CarExpert earlier this year customers are lining up to put their names down for an EX90 even without local pricing and specifications.
“We already had a number of orders [deposits] already. Even without any specification or pricing – it’s in the double digits already,” Mr Bosnich said.
Volvo will follow a similar format to the launch of the all-electric XC40 Recharge for taking customer orders with both the retailer and online portals offering an order opportunity.
“I think the retailer will always have an element of involvement, but it’s just like our other electric vehicles. We will go online and the idea is that Volvo wants to have a direct relationship with the consumer,” said Mr Bosnich.
“We’ve done that with XC40 Recharge, we did that with the C40 Recharge and we’ll follow that format with the new and exciting EX90.”