Volkswagen has major plans to shift towards electric vehicles (EVs), and despite not having a full line of EVs yet, the company is already playing a major role in the European market’s move to sustainable transportation.
For February 2021, the small VW e-UP! EV was the top seller in Germany, followed by the Tesla Model 3, which outsold the VW ID.3.
So far this year, Volkswagen EV and plugin hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) sales make up nearly 19% of Germany’s total auto market share, according to sales numbers from EV Sales.
The top three selling models for the year, in all brands, are VW’s ID.3 EV, e-Up!, and Golf PHEV models, with the Passat GTE PHEV and the e-Golf EV landing further down the year’s top 20 list.
In Germany, Volkswagen’s home country, the ID.3 had a total of 3,691 registrations (5%), while the smaller, compact e-Up! landed 3,661 registrations (5%), and the fellow plugin Golf PHEV took third with 2,735 (4%) of total registrations.
Behind these, the Passat GTE plugin took seventh place, just ahead of Tesla’s Model 3, with 2,367 registrations (3%). The Model 3 had 2,332 (3%) of registrations, while VW’s e-Golf had another 1,349 registrations (2%).
The inclusion of the compact EVs, in this case, Volkswagen’s e-Up!, is also echoed in the Chinese EV market where the tiny Wuling HongGuang Mini EV is outperforming competitors with its micro size and price tags.
And if Volkswagen isn’t already holding off its competition enough, it announced plans to build six battery factories throughout Europe, rivaling Tesla’s Gigafactory Berlin which is currently being built.
Stay tuned for sales numbers as we continue to make our way through 2021, it’s going to get interesting.
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