E-cars should help contain the climate crisis. But what about availability? A delivery time statistics of electric cars provides the answer.

Sales of electric cars continue to rise. According to Statista, the number of purely electrically powered cars registered in Germany is around 840,000. Together with around 745,000 plug-in hybrids, around 1.6 million electric cars are on German roads (as of 10/2022). The Chinese market is still the leader in e-car sales, followed by Germany and France.

The fact that the sale of e-cars picked up in this country was not least due to the advantages that customers enjoy, such as the state purchase bonus, the elimination of vehicle tax and more, in addition to a good conscience for environmentally friendly driving. The increased innovation bonus will expire at the end of 2022. But the federal environmental bonus will continue to exist in a reduced form in 2023. The registration date applies to the bonus application, which is why the delivery times for e-cars are particularly important. The new car purchase comparison portal Carwow shows in a statistic what the delivery times of popular electric cars are like.

Delivery times of electric cars: Between 4 and 20 months

It now takes a lot of patience if you want to get started with an electric car. There are various reasons for the long e-car delivery times: Many manufacturers were not prepared for the increased demand. By increasing the innovation premium, the government has encouraged many undecided car buyers to consider buying an e-car. And the corona pandemic and the current Ukraine crisis in particular are causing long delays because production cannot go ahead as planned. The result: the waiting time for your e-car is considerably longer.
The current amount of the BAFA premium is only valid until the end of 2022 and the decisive factor is the registration of the new vehicle. Therefore, the delivery time for e-cars was a decisive purchase criterion. But even in the new year, you don’t want to wait forever for your new car.

E-cars with a moderate delivery time are currently:

  • Jaguar i-Pace – 2 to 4 months,
  • BMW i4 – 3 to 4 months,
  • Mercedes EQS and EQE – 3 to 4 months,
  • Fiat e-Ducato Box & Estate – 3 to 4 months and
  • Peugeot e Rifter – 4 months.

Many electric car models are delivered in a timeframe of between 6 and 9 months, including:

  • Audi e-tron GT/RS e-tron GT, BMW iX3, Citroen e-Berlingo/e-C4/e-Jumpy/e-Spacetourer, Dacia Spring, DS 3 Crossback E-Tense, Fiat e-Ulysee/E-Scudo /E-Doblo/500 Electric, Peugeot e-208 /e-2008/e-Expert/e-Traveller, Tesla Model 3/ Model Y, Polestar 2, Ford Mustang Mach-e/e-Transit Van, Mercedes Benz EQB/ EQV/EQC/E-Vito, MG 4/MG 5/Marvel R, Nissan Leaf/Ariya, Mazda MX-30, Renault Mégane E-Tech/Twingo electric/Zoe, Volvo C40 Recharge/XC40 Recharge.

You have to reckon with delivery times of between 9 and 12 months for the following models:

  • BMW iX/IX M60/i7, Cupra Born, Kia Niro EV/e-Soul, Mercedes EQA, Mini Cooper SE, Toyota bZ4X/Proace, Hyundai Ioniq 5, MG ZS, Opel Zafira-e Life, Porsche Taycan, VW ID. 3.

Delivery times of 12 to 18 months apply to the following models:

  • Audi Q4 e-tron Sportback, BMW i4 M50, Opel Corsa-e/Mokka-e/Combo-e Cargo/Combo-e Life, Smart EQ fortwo and fortwo Cabrio, Kia EV6, the VW models ID.4/ID. 5 and Skoda Enyaq iV80.

But it can go even longer: The Audi Q4 e-tron is currently the longest you’ve been waiting for, namely 18 to 20 months.

E-cars are often available faster with a car subscription

As an alternative to buying or leasing, the car subscription is currently establishing itself more and more on the German market. In this model, you pay a fixed amount to a provider who covers all costs with the exception of fuel or electricity costs. They are also more flexible in terms of runtime. Another advantage: With many providers, you can get e-cars that are currently in demand faster than if you buy models from Tesla, Polestar and others, for example.

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