The Volkswagen Group capped off 2020 with 231,600 deliveries of battery-electric autos, or greater than triple the 73,600 it delivered in 2019.
It was a vivid spot for the automaker whose complete deliveries in 2020 declined 15.2% to 9,305,400 autos, as a result of slowdown brought on by Covid-19 restrictions.
As compared, Tesla, the present chief within the EV race (and most respected automaker based mostly on market cap), delivered 499,550 autos in 2020, up roughly a 3rd on its 2019 end result.
The outcomes counsel Tesla could not maintain its main place for lengthy. It might even be overtaken by VW Group this yr, which is simply beginning to present some actual competitors within the EV house.
2021 Tesla Mannequin Y
VW Group’s 2020 complete was made up of deliveries for 5 fashions: the Audi E-Tron (and E-Tron Sportback), Porsche Taycan, and Volkswagen ID.3, e-Golf and e-Up. Whereas the e-Golf and e-Up will quickly be phased out (manufacturing of the e-Golf has already ceased), VW Group plans so as to add quite a few new EVs within the coming years. We’re speaking as many as 70 by 2028.
VW Group’s top-selling EV in 2020 was the VW ID.3 with 56,500 deliveries, adopted by the Audi E-Tron (47,300 deliveries) and VW e-Golf (41,300 deliveries). This yr, VW Group will begin gross sales of the VW ID.4, which is able to doubtless be a much bigger hit than the ID.3 attributable to its SUV physique fashion. The ID.4 may even be bought in the USA, not like the ID.3.
There may even be an Audi model of the ID.4 this yr, which is able to go by the identify This autumn E-Tron, and Audi may even launch this yr its personal model of the Taycan, the E-Tron GT. Different VW Group manufacturers additionally plan to launch numerous EVs this yr.
Tesla after all is not taking a backseat. It simply launched a extra reasonably priced model of its fashionable Mannequin Y SUV, and it is gearing up for manufacturing of its Cybertruck pickup truck which is slated to roll off the road in late 2021 at a brand new plant underneath building close to Austin, Texas. Tesla can also be establishing a plant near Berlin, Germany, to serve the European market. It is also planning a mannequin priced from about $25,000, although CEO Elon Musk stated final fall that the automobile remains to be three years away on the earliest.