Volkswagen (VW) was hoping to launch their new ID.5 electric SUV in April, but the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war has forced the automaker to delay its release by one month.
According to a VW spokesperson, the ID.5 will now launch in the first week of May.
The delay is the result of a difficulties in obtaining wiring harnesses from their supplier in western Ukraine.
The disruption meant VW was unable to build enough exhibition and demonstration units for its dealership, according to a letter obtained by Automobilwoche.
“In order to ensure that all partners are treated equally, the vehicles that are already in the destination stations are not yet being delivered. In order to ensure the nationwide availability of the vehicles for every agent, we will partially redistribute the exhibition vehicles,” the letter published by Automobilwoche said. (via Reuters)
The ID.5 is produced at VW’s plant in Zwickau, which was shut down last month due to the supply chain issues.
VW will restart production at the plant next week, earlier than anticipated.