The core VW brand delivered 263,000 all-electric vehicles and 106,000 plug-in hybrids last year, with BEVs and PHEVs nearly doubling their share of total deliveries to now 7.5 percent (2020: 4 percent). Of the 4.9 million vehicles across all drive types (down 8.1 percent from 2020), 369,000 had a charging plug.
In 2020 as a whole, the figure was 214,000 electrified vehicles, of which 134,000 were BEVs and 80,000 were PHEVs. "Volkswagen is continuing to drive forward the transformation towards electromobility at full speed despite the limited supply of semiconductors," said Ralf Brandstätter, CEO of the Volkswagen brand. "We have achieved a leading position in all-electric vehicles in Europe in a very short time. With our ACCELERATE strategy and the expansion of our model range, we will further accelerate the ramp-up of electromobility."
While globally, the E share was aforementioned 7.5 percent, it was disproportionately higher in Europe at 19.3 percent. In Germany, one in four Volkswagens was already equipped with a charging port, according to the Wolfsburg-based company. According to Klaus Zellmer, the board member for sales, the total order backlog in Europe is at an all-time high of 543,000 vehicles, 95,000 of which are fully electric ID. models.
Already in its first full year, the ID.4 is the best-selling electric VW, with the e-SUV accounting for 119,650 of the 263,000 BEVs sold, followed by around 76,000 ID.3s and 41,500 e-Ups. VW puts sales of the big China ID.6 SUV at just under 18,000 units.
Premium brand Audi sold a total of 81,894 all-electric cars in 2021, 57.5 percent more than the previous year. The Ingolstadt-based company had started 2021 with only the Brussels-built e-tron quattro (and its Sportback coupe offshoot), but has since added the Neckarsulm-built e-tron GT Gran Turismo and the Q4 e-tron from VW's Zwickau plant to Audi's BEV lineup. Audi sees the e-tron GT and RS e-tron GT, as well as the Q4 e-tron and Q4 e-tron Sportback, as distinct models, so Audi says it launched four new e-models last year.
Audi does not even mention sales of plug-in hybrids separately in the announcement. Across all drive types, Audi sold 1.68 million vehicles, a decline of 0.7 percent compared to 2020 - although Audi was still on course for a record after the first half of the year with 981,681 vehicles. However, the semiconductor shortage had a greater impact in the second half of the year than suspected.
"We are looking to the future with confidence," says Hildegard Wortmann, Member of the Board of Management for Sales and Marketing at AUDI AG. "With 'Vorsprung 2030' we have defined a clear strategy - and our courage for sustainable change is being rewarded: the high demand for electric vehicles from Audi confirms our early decision in favor of zero-emission drive systems."