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Software Problems Delay the Introduction of New Electric Vehicles from the Volkswagen Group

Audi, Porsche and Bentley will have to deal with significant delays caused by slow software development.

  • The company’s software branch is late in its development of new software versions

  • This affects Audi, Porsche, Bentley and maybe even Lamborghini

  • The Porsche Macan EV could be delayed by a year and the upcoming Audi flagship by close to four years

The Volkswagen Group is having to postpone the introduction of new electric vehicles from its luxury brand due to a lack of appropriate software.

The company’s Cariad software division is reportedly late in terms of the development of new software and autonomous driving technologies.

This is why most new electric vehicles from Audi, Porsche, and Bentley will have to wait a few more years before they can be introduced. Lamborghini could also see its upcoming EVs delayed.

Indeed, Audi announced its Artemis EV, a flagship model possibly based on the recent Grandsphere concept will not be introduced before 2027, which is three years later than was first planned.

In order to fill the gap it will leave until then, the brand will add a new luxury SUV model to its range in 2025, but this model will use an older version of the software, which means it won’t be equipped with the level 4 autonomous driving capabilities that have been promised on the Artemis.

Similarly, the Porsche Macan EV and the related Audi Q6 e-tron might also have to wait in the wings despite being very close to introduction, as evidenced by the numerous sightings of advanced prototypes testing on the road.

Bentley is also affected by this and the British brand says its goal to become an entirely electric automaker by 2030 is now unlikely to be achieved.

The group didn’t mention Lamborghini, but it is likely the Italian supercar manufacturer will also have to deal with similar delays. However, there is a possibility that the brand will be able to keep its schedule since the problems seem mostly related to autonomous driving capabilities and the brand’s vehicles are usually bought to be driven by the owner.

Obviously, these delays are causing a lot of tension inside the VW Group, and executives from Porsche and Audi are demanding a new plan for the Cariad division. This could be the push needed to speed up the development of the required software and put the brands back on track.

If the situation doesn’t improve over the next year, Volkswagen will probably not be able to surpass Tesla and become the world’s leading manufacturer of electric vehicles as it hopes to do by the middle of the decade.

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