If you want to jump on the electric car bandwagon in 2022, you may need to look beyond models from brands under the Volkswagen umbrella.
According to a recent Financial Times reportcompany CEO Herbert Diess revealed that Volkswagen is “essentially sold out [of] electric vehicles in Europe and the United States” for the rest of the year.
The production halt comes amid ongoing chip shortages – an issue that continues to affect everything from Stock PS5 to the availability of printer ink cartridges – and means customers in the VW, Audi, Porsche, Škoda, Seat or Lamborghini EV market are unlikely to get their hands on it until 2023 at the earliest.
The Financial Times reports that VW is currently struggling with a long waiting list of existing orders that it may struggle to fill before the end of the year – a double-edged sword for brand health and the electric vehicle (EV) market as a whole.
On the one hand, strong demand for models in VW’s ever-expanding electric fleet suggests a desire on the part of consumers to move away from combustion-engine models en masse. The company’s stifled production schedule will inevitably slow its growth ambitions (in the United States, in particular) and could encourage potential customers to keep their current vehicles or buy elsewhere.
VW sold just under 100,000 electric cars between January 1 and March 31 this year, while Tesla beat that figure by around 210,000 over the same period. The latter brand has led the charge in electric vehicles for much of the last decade, but VW’s much wider model range (given the myriad of brands under its control) bodes well for its future position in the market. the industry (the Audi e-tron and Porsche Taycan 4Sfor example, are among the best electric vehicles we’ve tested).
VW isn’t the only car brand feeling the chip shortage, either. As The Verge reported in December, Ford has stopped taking reservations for its ultra-popular F-150 Lightning electric pickup, and the model is “no longer available for retail order” in 2022.
That said, VW’s situation looks a little more precarious. As mentioned, not only has the company dampened the hopes of potential customers intending to buy one of its electric vehicles in 2022, but those who have already orders placed can be equally disappointed by long delays.
Our advice, then – if you’re looking to buy a shiny new electric car this year – is to look to the equally impressive South Korean brands. The two Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5 are some of the best electric cars money can buy right now, while the Genesis GV60 is a slightly more quirky (but nonetheless impressive) alternative.
Or, if you’ve got a spare six figure lying around, you can always opt for the Mercedes EQS “ultimate electric luxo-barge” sedan…
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