- Supply chain issues are restricting availability of Volkswagen and Audi EVs.
- The VW ID.4 is sold out in U.S. and European markets through the end of the year.
- Lack of availability could stunt the brand’s EV growth.
You've heard it all before, and here we are, about to say it again: Supply chain issues are destroying vehicle production targets and leaving empty dealer lots in their wake. Currently feeling the pain is the Volkswagen Group, which cannot produce its ID.4 electric vehicle just as Americans finally want to buy it. Caused by a perfect storm of semiconductor chip shortages due to COVID shutdowns in China and the lack of wiring harnesses sourced from Ukraine, VW's production is extremely limited.
2022 Volkswagen ID.4.
As more consumers look to the affordable ID.4, especially when gas prices are so high, waiting lists continue to grow. Recently quoted in this story from The Verge, Volkswagen's CEO, Herbert Diess, said that the VW is "basically sold out on electric vehicles in Europe and in the United States" for 2022. This could mean trouble, as Diess expects VW's growth in the States to "mostly come from EVs." Unfortunately, the shortage also affects other brands from VW Group, such as Audi and Porsche.
Volkswagen has put lots of money into its electrification plan and had planned for a growing percentage of its sales to be from the all-electric ID.4. This production problem is more than just a bummer for the brand; it could have detrimental effects on its market share. As other brands like Kia and Hyundai have competing models at the ready, VW's growth in the segment could be significantly stunted.
It can be a frustrating time to buy a car right now, especially an electric one. We suggest checking out our EV Buying Guide, where we rate and review each EV on the market. It just might reveal a few alternatives to consider if you had your heart set on a new Volkswagen ID.4 or Audi e-tron.