The Volkswagen Group increased its deliveries of fully electric vehicles by 27 per cent in the first six months of 2022 compared to the same period last year. A total of 217,100 all-electric vehicles were handed over to customers in the first half of the year, up from 170,900 in the same period last year.
VW said in the statement it was pleased with the results, as ongoing supply bottlenecks for semiconductors and Covid-related lockdowns in China had hampered conditions in the first half. BEVs accounted for 5.6 per cent of total deliveries, up from 3.4 per cent in the first half of 2021.
Despite the aforementioned problems, the growth driver for electric cars was China. There, the VW Group was able to more than triple its BEV sales. After 18,300 BEVs in H1 2021, the Wolfsburg-based company was able to hand over 63,500 e-cars to customers in the Far East in H1 2022. In Europe, deliveries are up only 700 units to 128,100 BEVs (+0.6 per cent) due to a weak quarter, while in the US volumes actually fell from 18,500 to 17,000 vehicles (-8.4 per cent).
The core brand VW delivered 115,900 BEVs to customers, Audi 50,000, Skoda 22,200, Porsche 18,900 and Seat/Cupra 8,300. In the brand group Volume, all brands were up by at least 25 per cent, only VW Commercial Vehicles’ e-deliveries dropped by 3.6 per cent to 1,100 vehicles. In the Premium brand group, which consists of Audi and the still BEV-free Lamborghini brand, E-sales rose by 52.7 per cent. The Sport brand group (with Porsche as the only EV brand) was down 4.8 per cent: in H1 2021, the Stuttgart-based company was still able to deliver 19,800 Taycans; this year, the production stop as a result of the Ukraine war put the brakes on.
Volkswagen’s most successful BEV models in H1 2022 were the VW ID.4/ID.5 (66,800), the VW ID.3 (26,000), the Audi e-tron incl. Sportback (24,700), the Skoda Enyaq iV incl. Coupé (22,200), the Porsche Taycan incl. Cross Turismo (18,900) and the Audi Q4 e-tron incl. Sportback (18,200).
“We successfully continued our electric ramp-up despite challenging conditions, especially in the second quarter. Demand continues to be strong and we expect an improving supply situation in the second half of the year,” says Hildegard Wortmann, Group Vice President Sales. “June BEV deliveries showed a clear upward trend already to the monthly levels of Q4 2021. We are working intensively to reduce the high order bank and the delivery times for our customers and are committed to our goal of a BEV share of 7 to 8 per cent for the full year.”
With reporting by Sebastian Schaal, Germany.
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