Just last week, Volvo issued the first over-the-air software update for existing XC40 customers that included a “new base software for the car’s main electronics systems, an increase in charging speed, and an improved driving range,” as well as an unspecified “important safety-related propulsion bug fix.” Datz declined to say whether this is related to Volvo On Call not working on the XC40 SUVs currently stuck in ports.
“[A] new Volvo is no longer at its finest when it leaves the factory, but keeps improving over time as additional OTA updates are launched,” the company wrote in the press release.
Volvo’s far from the first automaker to run into issues with its first mass-market electric vehicle, let alone problems with software. Volkswagen’s first mass-production EV, the ID 3, was delayed in 2020 and then eventually released with incomplete software. Other automakers have run into far more serious problems, like General Motors and Hyundai, which have recently been reckoning with reports of fires in the battery packs of their EVs.