Volkswagen’s electric models are currently out of stock, with the next deliveries coming next year.
This is a delicate situation that the Volkswagen group has had to deal with for a few days now. Indeed, while the electrical ranges of its various manufacturers are expanding, they are now facing major difficulties, which are jeopardizing production and deliveries.
Indeed, as announced by the CEO of the group, Herbert Diess, to the very serious Financial Times, relayed by The Verge, “the company is out of stock of electric vehicles for Europe and the United States“. A hitherto unprecedented situation, which should last until the end of the year, according to the German leader.
Several shortages involved
To tell the truth, this situation was to be expected, which concerns all of the group’s brands. Indeed, it had already suspended orders for its electric models in Germany a few days ago, in order to limit waiting times for customers. But that was not enough, while the Wolfsburg-based firm suffered the full brunt of several component shortages.
We obviously think of that of semiconductors, which has been going on for more than two years now and which does not yet seem ready to stop. Caused by the Covid-19 epidemic and the closure of factories, this now combines with supply difficulties due to the war in Ukraine. A few months ago, Volkswagen already had to shut down some assembly lines due to a lack of electrical components.
All these cornered difficulties have therefore overcome the production rate of the various brands of the Volkswagen group, while their waiting lists are already full of customers wishing to go electric. The latter will therefore have to take their troubles patiently, while the German firm announces that the next deliveries will not arrive before next year.
But the company is not the only one to experience such difficulties, since Ford has also announced that it will stop taking orders for its F-150 Lightning for the rest of the year. A critical situation, while on their side, the public authorities are increasingly restricting the use of thermal vehicles, and this throughout the European Union, with more or less radical measures.