July 14, 2024
Electric & Hybrid Cars

Volvo EX30 U.S. arrival postponed until at least next year

Despite an extensive campaign spanning over a year to promote Volvo’s compact all-electric SUV in the United States, the Swedish-based company announced today that the introduction of the EX30 will be postponed until next year.

Russell Datz, a Volvo spokesperson, stated in an email that the delay in the on-sale date of the EX30 is a result of “changes in the global automotive landscape.” Datz also mentioned that the production ramp-up at the Ghent, Belgium plant is underway, with a target delivery date in 2025 to be announced.

Volvo started accepting pre-orders for the 2025 EX30 through their own channels after its formal introduction a year ago. The expected starting price in the U.S. was announced at $36,145, including a $1,195 destination charge.

Datz added that Volvo will provide customers with existing pre-orders various options to drive a new Volvo until their EX30 arrives. Specific details on this will be shared in the future.

“Importantly, we remain dedicated to bringing the EX30 to the U.S. and are diligently working towards delivering it to customers,” he said. “It continues to be a crucial aspect of Volvo Cars’ strategic transformation and aligns with our goal of manufacturing cars in close proximity to where they are sold as much as possible.” The EX30 is currently available in European markets.

During a dealer conference call today, Volvo executives hinted that the decision to relocate assembly to Belgium from China was influenced by the “geopolitical” climate. It can be inferred that recent actions by the Biden administration, such as imposing high tariffs on imported cars from China, may have played a role in this shift.

Initial deliveries of the EX30 to the U.S. were originally expected earlier this year. Volvo had announced that the vehicle would come with two powertrain options, both utilizing a 69-kilowatt-hour cobalt-lithium-manganese-nickel composite battery, with 64 kWh of usable capacity. The base model, known as Single Motor Extended Range, will feature a rear-wheel-drive configuration and deliver 268 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque. Volvo anticipates a range of 275 miles on the U.S. EPA test cycle for this version.

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Conclusion

Volvo’s decision to delay the introduction of the EX30 in the U.S. highlights the challenges and complexities within the global automotive industry. Despite the setback, Volvo remains committed to delivering the EX30 to its American customers and is actively working towards that goal. The shift in production to Belgium signifies the company’s adaptability in response to changing geopolitical dynamics. As Volvo navigates these changes, customers can expect a high-quality, all-electric SUV with impressive performance capabilities once the EX30 becomes available in the U.S.

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