There were moments earlier this year when Volvo wondered whether its most important launch of 2020, the XC40 Recharge P8, its first full-electric production car, would take place.
"The pandemic, especially in the beginning, was very concerning for us," Volvo Chief Technology Officer Henrik Green told Automotive News Europe. "The crisis moved to the Western world [from China] just as we were starting to build the pre-series production version of the car."
Volvo was forced to shut its factory in Ghent, Belgium, from March 17 until April 17.
Faced with a one-month setback, Green credited the "clever management" of his colleagues on the personnel and production sides of the business with keeping the battery-powered version of the compact SUV on track.
"We moved the mass production ramp up by about two weeks as a direct result of the pandemic, which to me is a huge success considering all the risks involved," Green said.