See that graphic above? That tells you all it is advisable to learn about what kind of yr Volkswagen Group is having with its battery electrical vehicles. In comparison with final yr, gross sales of these vehicles — which embody fashions from Volkswagen, Porsche, Audi, and Skoda — are up over 165% in comparison with 2020.
Complete gross sales of BEVs for the primary half of the yr have been 170,939, with nearly all of these in Europe. And the pattern is up. Make that approach up. 59,948 have been delivered to prospects within the first quarter (+78.4 YOY), and 110,991 items (+259.7% YOY) have been delivered within the second quarter.
Christian Dahlheim, the pinnacle of gross sales for Volkswagen Group, says in a press launch, “Our international electrical offensive continues to make good progress and buyer demand is excessive. This yr, we plan to ship round a million electrified automobiles for the primary time, and are assured that we’ll meet the fleet targets for CO2 emissions in Europe.”
Gross sales of electrical vehicles have been decrease than anticipated in China — simply 10.7% of whole Volkswagen Group gross sales or 18,285 automobiles. “Within the third quarter, we count on a major enhance to BEV deliveries in China because of the expanded Volkswagen ID. mannequin vary,” Dahlheim stated.
We all know CleanTechnica readers are unimpressed by plug-in hybrid gross sales, however Volkswagen Group is discovering loads of prospects for its PHEV fashions. To this point this yr, it has bought 171,300 of these little beauties — 204.2% greater than within the first half of final yr. Earlier than you moan about how these patrons are sadly misguided, take into account this: Each PHEV driver will get to expertise the enjoyment of immediate acceleration, the enjoyable of regenerative braking, and study plugging in on the finish of the day.
Meaning when it comes time for his or her subsequent automobile, a BEV gained’t appear so unusual and is prone to be their first selection. Within the meantime, these homeowners will pump fewer carbon emissions into the ambiance whereas they drive. Not solely that, the income the corporate makes by promoting plug-ins means extra money within the company until to fund additional investments in battery electrical vehicles.
In whole, Volkswagen Group expects to ship greater than 1,000,000 BEV and PHEV vehicles in 2021. Sure, Tesla will exceed that quantity they usually all will probably be battery electrics. However Tesla had a 5-year head begin. Volkswagen is simply studying the way to construct and market electrical vehicles.
Ought to it have began sooner as an alternative of spreading diesel air pollution throughout the globe? In fact. But it surely’s transferring in the proper path now and that’s the purpose as many different legacy auto corporations (we’re you, Toyota) nonetheless dream of vehicles powered by hydrogen, cow manure, or pixie mud. Volkswagen is providing aggressive electrical vehicles, and for that it needs to be applauded.