Volkswagen Group increases EV sales by one third in 2023

Volkswagen has published its Group-wide sales figures for the past year. According to the figures, the Volkswagen Group delivered 771 100 fully electric vehicles worldwide in 2023.

Across all drive types, Volkswagen achieved total sales of 9,24 million vehicles in 2023, an increase of 21% compared to 2022. The 771 100 fully electric vehicles delivered worldwide represent a more dynamic increase – namely by 34,7% or a good third compared to the previous year.

Europe

The share of all-electric vehicles in deliveries thus increased slightly to 8,3%, compared to 6,9% in 2022. In Europe, the BEV share remains the highest at 12,5%. The Group delivered 472 400 electric vehicles in Europe (compared to 3 774 500 deliveries of vehicles with all drive types).

In the previous year, the BEV share was 11,2%. According to the Group, VW was, therefore, “once again the BEV market leader (in Europe) and gained market share in this segment”.

North America

In North America, in particular, VW sold significantly more electric cars than in the previous year. In the US alone, the Group delivered a total of 731 100 vehicles, 71 000 of which were purely electric. This corresponds to a growth of 60,8 % compared to 2022. This momentum is also reflected in the share of battery-electric vehicles in total sales: it rose from 7% in 2022 to 10% in 2023 in the US.

China

VW also published concrete figures on electric car sales in China. According to these, a total of 191 800 fully electric models were delivered there in 2023 (compared to 3 594 500 cars sold across all drive types). This corresponds to an increase of 23,2% compared to the previous year and a BEV share of 5,9% of deliveries.

This is exactly one percentage point more than in 2022. China is the only market for which the Group publishes sales figures for individual models. Accordingly, 75 700 units of the ID.3 and 61 7000 of the ID.4 electric SUV were delivered, being the two most popular models.

Across the Group

The most successful all-electric Group models worldwide in 2023 were the VW ID.4/ID.5 (223 100), VW ID.3 (140 800), Audi Q4 e-tron/Q4 e-tron Sportback (111 700), Skoda Enyaq iV/Coupé (81 700), Audi Q8 e-tron/Sportback (49 000), Cupra Born (45 300), Porsche Taycan/Turismo (40 600) and VW ID. Buzz/Cargo (28 600).

The Group also reported deliveries of BEVs by brand. As expected, the core brand Volkswagen Passenger Cars accounts for the lion’s share with 393 700 BEVs. The commercial vehicle division (VWN) recorded the greatest growth. It delivered 29 300 commercial vehicles to its customers, compared to 7 500 units in the previous year (+288%).

The Skoda brand delivered a total of 81 700 electric cars (+52,1%), while Seat/Cupra handed over 45,300 electric vehicles to its customers (+44,3%). The Audi brand also recorded a 51% increase in BEV deliveries to 118 200 vehicles. This corresponds to around 6,2% of the brand’s total vehicle deliveries.

Porsche and Audi

Porsche sold 40 600 electric vehicles, which accounted for around 12,7% of total deliveries, the highest percentage within the Group. It delivered 320 221 vehicles in 2023, 3,3% more than in 2022.

Deliveries grew in almost every region of the world for the Stuttgarter sports car manufacturer, except in China. There, sales plummeted by 15% due to a difficult economic situation in the country, according to Porsche.

In Germany, sales rose by 10%, and in Europe by 12%. In North America, it was +9%, and in the rest of the world, sales grew by 23%. Porsche foresees a rather difficult 2024 because of the market conditions in China.

Audi sold some 1,9 million cars last year, 17% more than in 2022. Despite the solid increase in BEV sales, the overall share of fully electric vehicles in total sales is only 9%. It hopes to increase this by launching (finally) the Q6 e-tron in March.

In Europe, Audi sold 748 000 cars (+20%) and in China 729 000 vehicles (+13%). The highest increase was in the US: sales rose by 22% to 229 000 cars.

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