Volkswagen subsidiaries significantly increase sales of electric cars

The Volkswagen brands Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, Skoda and Seat have published their sales figures for the past year. All of them managed to significantly increase sales of battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids – while in some cases total sales fell.

Nucleus Volkswagen The brand delivered 263,000 all-electric vehicles and 106,000 electric hybrids last year. The share of BEVs and PHEVs in total deliveries nearly doubled to 7.5 percent (2020: 4 percent). Of the 4.9 million vehicles in all types of driving (-8.1 percent compared to 2020), 369,000 had charging plugs.

In 2020 as a whole, there were 214,000 electrified vehicles, of which 134,000 were BEVs and 80,000 were PHEVs. “Volkswagen continues to move forward with the transition to e-mobility despite the limited supply of semiconductors,” said Ralf Brandstätter, CEO of the Volkswagen brand. “In a very short time, we have reached the number one position for all-electric vehicles in Europe. With our ACCELERATE strategy and expanding model range, we will continue to ramp up the onslaught of electronic mobility.”

While the global share of electric vehicles was 7.5 percent, it was much higher in Europe at 19.3 percent. According to Wolfsburg, one in four Volkswagen cars in Germany was already equipped with a charging port. According to Klaus Zellmer, a member of the Sales Board, the total backlog of orders in Europe has reached an all-time high of 543,000 cars, 95 thousand of which are all-electric. Models.

Already in its first full year, the ID.4 is Volkswagen’s best-selling electric vehicle. Of the 263,000 BEVs, electric SUVs accounted for 119,650 units, followed by about 76,000 ID.3 and 41,500 e-Ups. Volkswagen reports ID.6 sales of its large exclusive Chinese SUV at just under 18,000 units.

Outstanding Brand Audi It sold a total of 81,894 fully electric vehicles in 2021, up 57.5 percent from the previous year. The Ingolstadt-based company launched the 2021 e-tron quattro (and its offshoot Sportback coupé) in Brussels, but in the meantime, the Gran Turismo e-tron GT in Neckarsulm and the Q4 e-tron from the Volkswagen plant Volkswagen in Zwickau has completed the Audi BEV range. Since Audi sees the e-tron GT and RS e-tron GT as well as the Q4 e-tron and Q4 e-tron Sportback as different models, Audi says it launched four new e-models last year.

Audi didn’t even mention plug-in hybrid sales separately in the press release. Across all driving types, Audi sold 1.68 million vehicles, down 0.7 percent compared to 2020 – although Audi was still on track for a record after the first half of the year with 981,681 cars. However, the semiconductor shortage had a stronger impact in the second half of the year than expected.

“We look to the future with confidence,” said Hildegard Wurtmann, Member of the Board of Management for Sales and Marketing at AUDI AG. “With Vorsprung 2030, we have defined a clear strategy – our courage to make lasting changes is rewarded: the high demand for Audi electric vehicles confirms our early decision in favor of zero-emissions driving systems.”

Unlike other brands, Porsche It managed to increase sales by 11% to 301,915 cars. A total of 41,296 all-electric Taycans went to customers, more than double what it was in 2020. In Europe, where Porsche sold a total of 86,160 cars, 40 percent of them were electrified – that is, PHEV or Taycan.

“The overall result is very promising and shows that our fleet electrification strategy works and aligns with the demand and preferences of our customers. At the same time, unit sales are not the deciding factor for us. Instead, we want to advocate for exclusive and unique customer experiences and will continue to expand them across world,” says Head of Sales Detlev von Platten.

Skoda It managed to deliver 44,700 units of the Enyaq iV electric SUV in 2021. This means that the MEB SUV designed at headquarters in Mlada Boleslav accounted for five percent of all Skodas sold. In total, the brand managed to sell 878,200 cars; In 2020, sales were still at 1,004,800 vehicles – a decrease of 12.6 percent. The reason for this is the chips crunch again.

In addition to the 44,700 Enyaq iV, there were 4,400 units of the Citigo iV small electric vehicle. Skoda didn’t mention plug-in hybrids in the press release, but the Octavia and Superb series, which are offered as PHEVs, suffered sales declines of more than 20 percent each. Tomas Schaefer, President of Skoda, described 2021 as “one of the most challenging years in the history of Skoda Auto”.

seat And Cobra It sold a total of 60,600 electric and hybrid vehicles in 2021, more than four times what was sold the previous year (14,700). However, most vehicles are likely to be plug-in hybrids. The seat does not give exact numbers for the Mii electric small car. The only other electric car offered by the Spanish company is the MEB Cupra Born model, which was delivered only in November and December. However, the Spanish company has already delivered 3,300 Borns to customers in those two months. This was a “promising start”, which Cobra wants to build on in the coming months.

2021 was not the year we expected,” says Wayne Griffiths, CEO of Seat and Cupra. “After working hard to combat the effects of the COVID-19 crisis, our activities have been severely affected by the shortage of semiconductors. Demand for Seat and Cupra products has returned to pre-pandemic levels, and the shortage of semiconductors is creating frustration among our customers due to the high delivery times they have to contend with.”

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