Latest electric cars sales results show we may expect a dramatic rise this year. Lead times should increase too.
In 2018 the electric vehicle segment grew by 10%. If we look at available figures, we’ll see, that one in every 100 cars sold in November 2018 was pure electric. Compared to the same month of 2017, it is almost by 70% more.
Experts have advised customers to make orders for EVs promptly to beat lengthening lead times.
A period from placing an order and its delivery to a customer (lead time) vary from 10 weeks to half a year for new electric cars, depending on a model.
For example, the lead time for the Jaguar I-Pace (pictured) is 6 month, for the popular Hyundai Kona Electric – up to 10 months, the Hyundai Ioniq – 4 month, for the Volkswagen e-Golf – 18 weeks.
As for the all-electric Kia Soul, a small number of vehicles left in showrooms, as a newer model will replace the current one this year. Supplies are running low.
The Audi e-ton takes 10-12 weeks to deliver, meanwhile buyers of the Renault ZOE will get their orders within a 12-weeks period.
Lead times for PHEVs will probably increase in 2019 as well. Their sales rose by nearly 27% in 2018, thanks to a combination of interest in electric cars and wish to have a conventional engine to boost range.
Source: Auto Express