Orders for fully electric Volvo cars continue to increase
Volvo Cars Group recently reported retail sales of 45,952 cars in May, down 28.3% compared with the same month last year. Demand for the company’s cars remains strong, especially for its Recharge line-up of electrified cars.
In May the share of fully electric cars grew from last year to 7.9%. Sales of Recharge models represented 33.6% of total sales, an increase of 10 percentage points compared with the same month in 2021.
During May, the Covid-19-related lockdowns in eastern China continued to add more stress to already strained global supply chains, resulting in loss of production. The company has recently seen signs of improvement in supply with a gradual easing of restrictions, allowing for a slight improvement in production volumes. The expectation is that production will progressively increase.
Orders for fully electric Volvo cars continue to increase. However, the lockdowns have impacted the production of fully electric cars in the second quarter and this will negatively affect the share of fully electric cars being delivered in the third quarter.
European sales for May reached 18,752 cars, down 24.3% compared with the same month last year. Sales of Recharge cars accounted for 47% of the total sales in the region during the month.
Volvo Cars’ US sales for the month reached 9,372 down 29.1% compared with May last year, with Recharge models making up 35.7% of the total sales.
China sales declined by 43.8% in May to 9,488 cars compared to the same month last year.
Volvo Cars’ top-selling model for the month was the XC60 with sales of 15,177 cars (2021: 19,835 units), followed by the XC40 at 12,097 cars (2021: 20,350) and the XC90 at 8,790 cars (2021: 9,962 units).