Volkswagen announced it has delivered its 250,000th electric vehicle this month since the introduction of the company’s commuter car, the VW e-up! in 2013.
In mid-December, the company delivered the milestone vehicle, an e-Golf to Sandra Fleischer from Herne, Germany.
Jürgen Stackmann, Board Member for Sales, Marketing and After Sales, says: “With the 250,000th electrified vehicle, the Volkswagen brand has reached a major milestone on the way to carbon-neutral mobility.”
According to VW, the company delivered over 70,000 EVs in 2019, up from 50,000 in 2018. This year VW sold most of its EVs in China, Norway, Germany, the United States and the United Kingdom.
Stackmann said “Especially all-electric vehicles such as our new ID. family are the answer to major challenges of our times.” According to Stackmann, the vehicles offer a carbon-neutral balance, have more space with comparable outside dimensions to gasoline or diesel powered vehicles, are quiet, highly efficient, economical and inexpensive to maintain.
“This is why we will be selling the next 250,000 electrified vehicles in a considerably shorter period of time. At Volkswagen, we are convinced that the future is electric.”
VW’s electrified model range has expanded with the e-Golf and Golf GTE in 2014, the Passat GTE05 and Passat Variant GTE in 2015. Since 2018, the Passat06 and Tiguan06 have been available as plug-in hybrids in China, where they were followed by battery electric versions of the Bora06 and Lavida06 this year.
The company says its best-selling electric car has been the e-Golf with 104,000 units delivered, followed by the Golf GTE at 51,000, Passat Variant GTE ,42,000) and e-up! ,21,000. Half of the customers opted for a battery electric vehicle and the other half for a plug-in hybrid.