Last year, Volkswagen delivered more electric vehicles worldwide than ever before with more than 212,000 units sold.
The incredible achievement represents a 158% increase from 2019. Within that overall figure, VW sold nearly 134,000 fully battery electric vehicles. These numbers are signalling that Volkswagen is wholly embracing the all-electric revolution and gearing up to become a driving force in the EV market, according to Ralf Brandstätter, CEO of Volkswagen Passenger Cars.
“We are well on track to achieve our aim of becoming the market leader in battery electric vehicles,” he said. “More than any other company, we stand for attractive and affordable e- mobility.”
Volkswagen Passenger Cars launched nine new electric and plug-in hybrid models in 2020. This brought the share of BEV and hybrid vehicles in Europe up to 12.4 percent of the brand’s total deliveries, compared to 2.3 percent in 2019. The most popular model was the ID.3 with 56,500 units sold.
The popularity of the ID.3 does not come as a surprise as the compact electric car has a great range and battery across all models and an affordable starting price. The car is so popular that we reported that in the month of October it was the most sold EV across all Europe.
The ID.3 was the most frequently delivered BEV in Finland, Slovenia and Norway in December. In Sweden, the ID.3 was actually the top-selling car in December 2020 in absolute numbers regardless of the type of drive. In the Netherlands and Germany, Volkswagen Passenger Cars managed to leap to the number one spot in all-electric vehicles over the full-year 2020, with a share of 23.8% in Germany in the BEV market and 23% in the Netherlands.
These impressive numbers are expected to only increase as the German giant will soon deliver its new all-electric SUV, the ID.4. Volkswagen’s first fully electric SUV will be launched with the high-voltage battery available with either 52 or 77 kWh energy capacity, and a range up to 520 kilometres / 325 miles (WLTP).
Volkswagen is also expected to release the ID.6 in 2023, which will boast a 435-mile range and be based on the dedicated Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB) platform that is used currently by the ID.3 and soon the ID.4.
The declared goal of the company is the production of approximately 26 million fully electric cars by 2030. In fact, we reported that VW will spend around €73 billion on electrification, hybrid powertrains and digital technology over the next five years.