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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. 

Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder (background) looks over the shoulders of MAN employee

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.