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Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche run out of electric vehicles for 2022

Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess told the Financial Times this week that the auto giant has sold every electric vehicle (EV) it could build this year. “We’re basically sold out on EVs in Europe and the US,” he said.

2022 deliveries are still taking place

VW has a relatively small electric footprint in the United States. Only one of America’s 10 best-selling electric vehicles last quarter was a Volkswagen product – the 2022 Audi e-tron, slipping under the wire at number 10. But globally, the VW Group is the world’s second largest supplier of electric vehicles, behind Tesla.

In the United States, VW brands sell the Volkswagen ID.4, Porsche Taycan and Audi e-tron, e-tron Sportback, e-tron GT, Q4 e-tron and Q4 e-tron Sportback. He also announced an electric successor to the classic microbus, the ID.Buzz, which should be marketed in 2024.

If you ordered an EV with a VW, Porsche or Audi badge, you’ll probably get it again this year. But the reservation list is full.

Dealerships will continue to take orders for cars, FT reports. Customers who order now will receive their car in 2023.

Supply chain issues keep production numbers low

Diess notes that supply chain issues such as the global shortage of microchips have severely limited the number of electric vehicles Volkswagen can build this year. The company planned to build up to 700,000. Production was instead limited to around 99,000.

Supply chain issues caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine halted production of the ID.4 earlier this year.

“We could deliver many more vehicles to customers if there were no supply constraints,” confirms a VW spokesperson. As a result, we currently have longer delivery times, especially for all-electric models, which in some cases reach as far as 2023.”

Other electric vehicle manufacturers are also behind

Tesla and Ford face similar challenges.

Ford has sold its Mustang Mach-E electric SUV and F-150 Lightning electric pickup for 2022.

Tesla does not designate model years for its cars, but its website currently advises buyers of its best-selling Model Y SUV that they can expect delivery by next February.