VW Group electric vehicle sales jump 165% in first half, boosted by European demand


FRANKFURT – The Volkswagen Group’s global deliveries of fully electric vehicles more than doubled in the first half of the year, mainly driven by demand in Europe.

Deliveries of all-electric models of the group’s VW, Audi, Porsche and Skoda brands rose 165% to 170,939 from 64,462 during the same period last year, the VW Group said in a statement on Tuesday.

Europe was the automaker’s leading market for electric vehicles, with sales of 128,078, up 156%.

The United States and China were far behind second and third, with sales in the United States up 321% to 18,514 and in China up 110% to 18,285.

Chinese sales of VW ID4s have been slow, Reuters reported in June.

VW Group Sales Director Christian Dahlheim said the automaker expects sales in China to increase significantly in the third quarter thanks to the June market launch of the ID6 seven-seater electric crossover.

The VW brand in the lead

The VW brand represented the bulk of the group’s sales of fully electric cars.

The brand’s first next-generation electric vehicle, the ID3 compact sedan, was launched in Europe last year. It was followed by the ID4 crossover, which also launched in the United States and China in March.

Deliveries of fully electric VW-branded cars increased 182% to 92,859 in the first half of the year.

Audi, which sells the Q4 e-tron and e-tron GT, saw its all-electric sales increase 69% to 32,775.

Porsche, whose only fully electric car is the Taycan, sold 19,822 electric vehicles, up 342%.

Skoda’s full-electric car sales were 17,697, up 257%, while Seat sold 6,172 fully-electric cars, up 186%.

Plug-in hybrids on the rise

The VW Group said deliveries of plug-in hybrids more than tripled to 171,300, from 56,303 in the first half of 2020.

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