New sales data out of the Volkswagen Group in Germany shows a hefty lift in the mammoth operation’s delivery of electric vehicles in 2022.
In the first three months of the year, Volkswagen Group sold 65% more battery electric vehicles than for the same period last year.
The biggest increase was seen in China, where 28,800 customers took delivery of a Battery Electric vehicle (BEV) manufactured by a Volkswagen Group brand – a more than 400% increase versus the prior-year period.
It wasn’t just additional passenger car buyers that opted for VW’s BEVs.
The sales data shows a 7.3% increase in sales for Volkswagen Commercial vehicles powered by an electric powertrain.
While in the heavy commercial vehicle segment, MAN Truck and BUS BEV sales lifted 7.0% with two-hundred sales in the quarter.
Meantime, MAN Truck and Bus production has recommenced following a six-week production halt.
Production had been at a standstill since mid-March due to supply shortfalls caused by the Ukraine war at MAN’s truck plants in Munich and Krakow.
MAN sources wiring harnesses from a supplier in Ukraine and production at that facility has only just been able to get back into operation, albeit at a restricted rate.
“The restart in our truck production is a very good signal for our workforce and our customers. However, there is no reason for euphoria yet. We will approach our usual production levels only step by step.” – MAN CEO Alexander Vlaskamp
MAN also tell us they will look to secure supplies of the wiring harness from other countries.