In the year just ended, Volkswagen nearly doubled its 100% electric vehicle (BEV) deliveries compared to 2020 to 452,900 units: a figure that corresponds to 5.1% of total deliveries (2.5% in 2020). The Group is the market leader in Europe for 100% electric vehicles, by a wide margin, and in second place in the key market of the United States, with a share of around 7.5%. In China, 92,700 BEVs have been delivered, four times more than in 2020.
Sales of plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) also increased significantly, reaching 309,500 units (+61%) overall. In total, the Group delivered 8,882,000 vehicles to Customers worldwide.
As expected,the global semiconductor shortage led to a slight contraction, of 4.5%, compared to 2020, despite high demand the full order book.
Christian Dahlheim, Head of Sales at Volkswagen Group said, “2021 was very challenging due to the global semiconductor shortage, but we still consistently took our clear course towards the new car. Doubling BEV volumes and high demand for all our models clearly show that we are on the right track. In 2022, we will build on this and continue our transformation.”
The 2021 figures show how the Group’s business model is changing. Revenue sources will gradually shift from traditional gasoline engines to zero-emission electric cars, and from vehicle sales to mobility software and services. Volkswagen Group expects that by 2030, one out of every two cars sold worldwide will be 100% electric.
The Group’s best-selling 100% electric models in 2021 were:
– Volkswagen ID.4: 119,600 units
– Volkswagen ID.3: 75,500 units
– Audi e-tron (incl. Sportback): 49,200 units
– ŠKODA Enyaq iV: 44,700 units
– Volkswagen e-up!1: 41,400 units
– Porsche Taycan (incl. Turismo): 41,300 units
In Europe, a total of 3,518,700 vehicles were delivered (-2.7%). In Western Europe, 2,860,400 customers purchased a vehicle from a Group brand (-2.7%). In this area, 100% electric vehicles (BEVs) were very popular, accounting for 10.5% of the Group’s total deliveries (2020: 6.2%). Demand for this type of vehicle was strongest in Germany, the domestic market, where BEVs made up 11.4% of Group deliveries (2020: 5.9%). A total of 991,900 vehicles were delivered here, taking all propulsion systems into account (-9.6%). Deliveries in Central and Eastern Europe contracted by 2.8% to 658,300 units.
In North America, 908,400 users chose a new vehicle from a Group Brand, representing growth of +15.6%. In the United States, deliveries increased by 16.9% to 671,800 units. Here, the Group tripled its BEV deliveries compared to the previous year, reaching 37.200 and ranking second in 100% electric vehicles.
The Group’s volumes also increased in South America. A total of 514,600 vehicles were delivered here, corresponding to growth of 5.1%. In Brazil, the largest market in the region, deliveries were at the same level as the previous year at 376,500 units (-0.3%).
In the Asia-Pacific region, 3,610,600 vehicles were delivered, down 12.4% on the previous year. China, the Group’s main market, was among the hardest hit by the semiconductor shortage. Here, deliveries declined 14.1% to 3,304,800 units. The electric offensive also paid off in this area, leading to the strongest growth in the Group’s BEV volumes, which more than quadrupled to 92,700 vehicles.
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