Volkswagen stated on Friday its Group deliveries elevated 12.8% year-on-year from January to June, registering progress in each area besides China, which noticed a 1.2% drop in whole deliveries and a 1.6% drop in battery-electric vehicles.
The autumn was partly because of significantly excessive gross sales in the identical month final 12 months after the federal government prolonged a tax break on EVs to spice up sluggish demand following lockdowns, a spokesperson stated.
EV gross sales in China have on steadiness risen since March, and June was the strongest month of the 12 months to this point, they added.
The carmaker is underneath heavy stress from traders to spice up EV gross sales in China as a rising swathe of Chinese language opponents chopping costs threaten its dominance of the automotive market within the combustion engine period.
Battery-electric car deliveries in North America, to this point a weaker marketplace for EVs than Europe or China, rose 75.5% within the first half-year, with whole deliveries up 14.2%.
The carmaker stays market chief for battery-electric automobiles in Europe, it stated, with 217,100 vehicles bought to this point this 12 months — a major leap from final 12 months, when gross sales took successful from provide chain disruptions attributable to the battle in Ukraine.