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A Perfect Storm of Supply Issues, Low Production Outputs, and Increased Demand has Created Long Wait Times for EVs

If you are in the market for an EV in the future, it might be a good idea to pre-order now


  • The longest wait times a near a year and a half.

  • The shortest delays are still of at least three months.

  • Volkswagen Auto Group EV buyers must wait the longest on average.


We’re guessing that this situation is far from over. As more consumers switch over to EVs for numerous reasons while the industry continues to struggle with part supply issues, only one outcome is possible: Extremely long delivery delays.

Volkswagen ID.3 | Photo: Volkswagen

The following situation is specific to Europe however North America is currently experiencing the same kind of complications. The ongoing global microchip shortage has considerably affected production volume numbers. As well, government pressure increased fuel costs, and other considerations have driven more consumers to contemplate the purchase of an electric vehicle for their next set of new wheels.

For some automakers, this means that buyers will need to be extra patient before they can expect delivery delays to stretch out by well over a year. The longest wait times belong to Audi Q4 customers who may not see their new SUV until midway through 2023, or in 15 months. Next, Volkswagen ID.3 and Mercedes-Benz EQC order holders will have to wait 10 months. According to ecomento, it’ll take between eight and nine months for a VW ID.4 and Hyundai Ioniq 5 to be delivered.

Plug-in hybrid vehicle buyers are no better off as their wait times stretch between six and 14 months. By all accounts, the delays are not about to get any shorter.

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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