Volkswagen handed over 122,100 battery-electric cars to customers worldwide in the past quarter. Compared to the third quarter of 2020, this means an increase of 109 percent. And this despite the semiconductor shortage, emphasizes the group.
“In Europe we are clearly number 1 for fully electric vehicles, in the USA we are number 2. In China we got off to a flying start in the third quarter and delivered almost 60 percent more BEVs than in the entire first half of the year,” said Group Sales Manager Christian Dahlheim (PDF ).
In China, Volkswagen got rid of 28,900 electric cars, four times as many as a year earlier. In Europe, the number of deliveries rose by 80 percent to almost 82,000; in the USA, Volkswagen delivered 8800 electric vehicles, twice as many as in the third quarter of 2020.
VW ahead of Audi and Škoda
In the year 2021 to date, Volkswagen has delivered 293,100 e-cars compared to 123,000 in the first nine months of 2020. The number of plug-in hybrids delivered grew by 133 percent to 246,000 during the period.
Broken down by brand, VW is in the lead in the third quarter with 75,000 battery-electric vehicles, an increase of 155 percent. The number of Audi deliveries grew by almost 30 percent to 20,000, followed by Škoda with 14,400 e-cars and a plus of a good 210 percent.
The best-selling single model in the first nine months was the WV ID.4 with 72,700 vehicles, the ID.3 sold around 52,700 times in 2021. 36,100 of the Audi e-tron were handed over to customers, 28,600 of the Porsche Taycan and 28,200 of the Škoda Enyaq.
In December 2020 at the latest, the shortage of semiconductors caused problems in the automotive industry, and Volkswagen extended its short-time work into the following year due to a lack of material. The analysis company Gartner assumes that the crisis will drag on well into 2022.
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