The Volvo XC40 Recharge is one of the most popular models in Australia. Volvo said the global supply chain crisis and the prolonged impact of the Covid-19 pandemic meant it had to cancel 166 orders in Australia.
“These vehicles are part of our June/July build and we should see them arrive August/September,” said Greg Bosnich, director for communications at Volvo Australia.
Greg Bosnich added that customers affected by the cancellation will have priority for the next model.
Several electric vehicle manufacturers, including Tesla at the Shanghai gigafactory or Volkswagen’s MEB production, are experiencing supply chain problems due to Covid-19 restrictions in several countries. This problem also has an impact on
But in some cases supply shortages are also linked to (non-existent) EV emission and subsidy policies.
Getting electric vehicles in Australia is becoming increasingly difficult, despite the significant increase in demand. Electric vehicle manufacturers are still experiencing production constraints, thus allocating a small portion of their vehicles in Australia.
The Hyundai Ioniq 5, for example, sold out within three hours of Hyundai opening orders. Tesla’s Model 3 production is still behind schedule, due to global supply chain issues and COVID-19 lockdowns.