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Porsche bogged down by EV sales slump

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Porsche has published its Q4 and 2022 sales report, and despite an overall growth in sales over the year, the company’s sole electric vehicle, the Porsche Taycan, saw sales plummet in 2022.

Porsche’s sales report is positive overall. The German sportscar maker grew sales overall by 3% to 309,884 units sold annually, with much of that gain coming from Europe, where sales ballooned by 7%. Sales in other regions we less favorable; North American sales essentially matched the previous year, while sales in China decreased slightly, down 2% compared to last year. But despite this sales success, the company’s only electric vehicle, the Porsche Taycan, saw sales collapse by 16% compared to the previous year, selling 34,801 units.

Luckily for Porsche, the massive loss in Taycan sales was more than made up for in sales of their classically popular SUVs, including the Cayenne and Macan and the ever-loved 911 series. Nonetheless, Porsche faces a significant setback as it hoped to grow its EV presence over the past year, ahead of the launch of its second EV model, the Porsche Macan EV.

According to the company’s press release, Porsche Taycan sales were significantly hampered by “supply chain bottlenecks and limited component availability. Both issues affected the electric sports car in particular.”

Porsche’s assessment does seem to match the assessment of consumers online who have often complained of long wait times for the Porsche EV, sometimes stretching to as long as half a year or more. Porsche did not include any other details on the supply crunch in its press release, and it remains unclear how the company will address the problem in the new year.

Porsche’s EV supply blunder makes them somewhat of a unique case in the luxury EV space. While Tesla is perhaps the best example of growing EV sales throughout 2022, even other legacy German luxury brands like Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Porsche sibling brand Audi significantly increased EV sales throughout the year.

For many brands, the chip shortage and supply constraints that first appeared in 2021 are both real problems that must be conquered. And for some, such as Porsche, conquering them will be paramount if they wish to expand the sales of their EV offerings in the coming year.

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Porsche bogged down by EV sales slump
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