Volkswagen, the world’s second largest manufacturer of electric vehicles in terms of volume, is “sold out” for battery-powered models in the US and Europe for this year, as persistent bottlenecks in supply chains affect production, reports Financial Times.
The VW Group sold just over 99,000 electric models globally in the first quarter. The group includes brands such as Porsche, Audi and Skoda. In comparison, market leader Tesla delivered more than three times as many electric cars in the same period.
According to VW CEO Herbert Diess, demand has brought the order backlog in Western Europe to 300,000 electric cars. However, customers who now order a car in Europe and the USA will not have the car delivered until 2023, according to the top manager.
To the Financial Times, he says that VW has a very large order book and order intake for electric cars.
“This applies to all our models – ID.3, ID.4, Audi models – all are extremely well received in the markets, and the Skoda models are also very well received in Europe,” Diess told the newspaper.