Volkswagen Group has reported their battery electric vehicle (BEV) sales on Friday, and in the first half of 2022 the German automaker was able to grow their BEV deliveries by 27% year-over-year (YoY).
According to VW it was able to deliver 217,100 BEVs from January to June, up from 170,900 during the same time period last year. VW says it was able to “successfully continue its global electric offensive” even with supply chain disruptions, as well disruptions to their factories in Europe and China.
With the growth BEV sales now account for 5.6% of the automaker’s total sales in the first half of the year, increasing from 3.4% in the first half of 2021.
For VW the most popular BEV was the ID.4 (66,800), followed by the ID.3 (26,000), Audio e-tron (24,700), ŠKODA Enyaq iV (22,200 units), Porsche Taycan (18,900 units), and the Audi Q4 e-tron (18,200 units).
VW Group board member Hildegard Wortman says the company expects those figures to increase further in the second half of the year due to increasing demand.
“We successfully continued our electric ramp-up despite challenging conditions, especially in the second quarter. Demand continues to be strong and we expect an improving supply situation in the second half of the year. June BEV deliveries showed a clear upward trend already to the monthly levels of Q4 2021. We are working intensively to reduce the high order bank and the delivery times for our customers and are committed to our goal of a BEV share of 7 to 8 percent for the full year,” said Hildegard Wortmann, Group Board Member Sales.
VWs biggest market by far remains Europe where 128,800 BEVs were delivered. The next closest was China with 63,500 BEV deliveries, a massive 247% increase from the first half of 2021.
VW still has a long way to go to make inroads in the United States, with just 17,000 deliveries from January to June.
They also have a long to way to go to catch Tesla. VW CEO Herbert Diess is hoping his company will be able to overtake Tesla and become the global electric vehicle (EV) sales leader by 2025. In the first half of 2022 Tesla delivered 564,743 all-electric cars.
That volume is expected to grow significantly over the next few years with the expansion of Giga Shanghai, the ramping of production at Giga Berlin and Giga Texas, and the introduction of the Cybertruck next year.