The first half of 2022 has not been easy due to the war in Ukraine (which caused shortages), the “COVID zero” closures in China, and supply problems in general. Despite everything, the Volkswagen Group has delivered 216,000 electric cars, 1,100 vans, and 600 commercial vehicles to its customers, 23% more than in the first half of 2021. This volume represented a 5.6% share of its global sales.
By markets, the main pull has come from China, where sales have increased by 247.1% every six months, going from 18,300 to 63,500 units. Europe remained practically flat (+0.6%, 128,800 units), there was a slight drop in the United States (-8.4%, 17,000 units), and in the rest of the world, the increase was on par with the general (+29 %) although we are only talking about 7,800 units.
Breaking down by quarters, during the first (January to March) 99,100 vehicles were delivered, and in the second (April to June) the rate was increased to 118,000. If we compare with last year, in the first quarter there were 60,000 deliveries and in the second 111,000, so the quarterly growth was much stronger in Q1 (+65.3%) than in Q2 (+6.3%).
The Volkswagen brand is the one that pulls the car the most
The Volkswagen Group has many brands, but it is the main one, Volkswagen, which has placed the most units, 115,900 of a total of 217,100 units, and they are concentrated in two models, ID.4/ID.5 (66,800 units) and the ID .3 (26,000 units). This represents 53% of the Group’s sales in the first half. In second place is Audi , with 50,000 units (+52.7%), divided into 24,700 e-tron/e-Tron Sportback and 18,200 Q4 e-Tron. Plug-in hybrids are not counted.
The third brand, with a creditable 10% share, was Skoda, with 22,200 units of the Enyaq iV/Enyaq Coupe iV. It was followed by Porsche, with 18,900 Taycans in its three bodies, and SEAT/Cupra with 8,300 units. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles scored 1,100 units, and the industrial brands (Traton) another 600 divided between 400 MAN, 90 Scania, and 110 Navistar. The growth of industrial brands was significant compared to 2021, 41.3% more.
For those who miss the comparison with their closest rivals, here we go. The Chinese BYD placed 323,519 electric cars in the first half, in addition to 2,606 buses and 587 other types of vehicles, accumulating 326,712 units without counting plug-in hybrids. The advantage is remarkable. Regarding Tesla, only in the second quarter, did it make 254,695 deliveries, but as we already explained, the second quarter was very bad due to the closure of Giga Shanghai. In the first half of the year, Tesla delivered 564,743 units, more than BYD and Volkswagen combined.