Britain’s favorite automaker has cut electric car production amid falling demand.
Volkswagen announced it would halt electric vehicle production at one of its largest plants in Germany for at least six weeks.
Executives at the German manufacturer said demand for electric vehicles was 30 percent lower than expected.
Volkswagen has also confirmed that it will lay off 300 of its 1,500 employees working on electric vehicles at its Emden plant. The Times reports.
Manfred Wulff, manager of the Emden plant, said: “We are experiencing a strong customer reluctance in the field of electric vehicles.”
Production of the new electric model VW ID.7 was supposed to start in July, but will be postponed until the end of the year – the electric SUV ID.4 and ID.7 are also affected.
Research from Teads, an advertising technology company, found that one in ten drivers planning to buy a new car in the next six months will switch to a petrol or diesel vehicle due to rising charging costs.
Most drivers are reluctant to buy an electric vehicle, with 85 electric vehicles available for every public charging station in the UK – adding to their fear of getting there on a single charge.
A spokesman for Volkswagen UK said: “The Volkswagen brand, like other car manufacturers, is currently experiencing a slowdown in demand for electric cars.”
“The reasons for this include reduced subsidies, higher inflation and recently longer delivery times due to the shortage of parts.”
“We are confident that demand for purely electric cars will pick up again as the year progresses. With the extensively revised ID.3 and the new ID.7, we are continuing to bring attractive new models onto the market.”
This comes after motorists were warned of serious problems with electric cars, despite the surge in popularity.
EV drivers have also been warned that they could soon face a costly ‘pothole tax’.