Volkswagen seems to be on track with the electrification of its vehicle fleet. One year earlier than planned, the company delivered 500 000 vehicles from the ID. family worldwide – despite the strained supply situation and the teething troubles with the ID.3 in the beginning.
“Delivery of half a million ID.s confirms that the Volkswagen models are being well-received by our customers all over the world,” said Imelda Labbé, Board Member for Sales, Marketing, and After Sales at Volkswagen. “We are on the right track with our electric mobility campaign, and our success story continues.”
A further 135 000 on order
“Our focus is unchanged: we want to make Volkswagen the most desirable brand for sustainable mobility. The order bank at Volkswagen remains high: we are doing our utmost to deliver the roughly 135 000 ID.s on order to our customers as quickly as possible. However, due to the persistently strained situation as regards the supply of parts, we repeatedly have to adjust production,” Labbé commented further.
Until now, ID. sales have been split over the ID.3 hatchback, the ID.4 SUV, and the ID.5 SUV coupé. In China, one can add the ID.6, a more roomy SUV derivative destined for the Chinese market only. From now, the ID. Buzz is going to be delivered, both as a people carrier and cargo version.
Volkswagen is to launch ten new electric models by 2026. “Volkswagen will have the broadest portfolio of electric vehicles in the automotive industry: from the entry-level e-car with a target price of under €25 000 (the ID.1, editor’s note) to the new flagship Aero B, we will have the right offer in every segment,” Labbé added.
Volkswagen has a plan to only produce electric vehicles in Europe from 2033. However, by 2030, all-electric vehicles will already account for at least 70% of Volkswagen’s unit sales in Europe. In the USA and China, the company targets an electric vehicle share of more than 50% for the same period.
“Norway is the forerunner in electric mobility. The ID.4 topped the registration statistics there in October. This example shows that the ID. family product portfolio matches the needs of our customers,” Labbé concluded.
Volkswagen points at the modular electric drive platform (MEB) as a decisive factor in the accelerated boost to the global electric mobility campaign under the brand’s ‘Accelerate’ strategy. Designed especially for Volkswagen’s electric drive system, this vehicle architecture offers long ranges, plenty of interior space, and the possibility for over-the-air (OTA) software updates.
The MEB serves as the technical basis for all the fully-electric and fully-networked vehicles in the ID. family but is also offered to exterior partners. Ford, for example, will produce EVs based on that same EV-dedicated architecture.
“With its consistent focus on all-electric drives and its ability to be used in vehicles from a range of segments throughout the entire Volkswagen Group, the MEB generates huge economies of scale, reduces the costs of electric mobility, and expedites the transition toward carbon-neutral mobility,” says a VW press release.
“Thanks to its ‘design for manufacturing’, the MEB is tailored specifically for fast and efficient production. This makes electric vehicles less expensive and thus more affordable for many people,” VW adds.