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Volkswagen celebrates EV milestone, speeds up future sales targets

VW recently reached quarter-million mark in EV sales, plans to sell 1.5M by 2025

Published: January 2, 2020, 9:30 PM
Updated: January 8, 2020, 2:35 AM

Volkswagen modular electric drive toolkit (MEB)

Volkswagen recently celebrated a milestone in its drive to electrification and set some new goals for the future.

Volkswagen e-Golf - handover of the 250,000th VW electric car to Sandra Fleischer (2nd from left) at Autostadt.

The company recently reached the quarter-million mark in EV sales (since production of the e-up! began in 2013), delivering a Pure White e-Golf — its most successful model, with 104,000 units since deliveries started in 2014 — to Herne-resident Sandra Fleischer.

“With the 250,000th electrified vehicle, the Volkswagen brand has reached a major milestone on the way to carbon- neutral mobility. All-electric vehicles such as our new ID. family are the answer to major challenges of our times,” said Jürgen Stackmann, Volkswagen Board Member for Sales, Marketing and After Sales. “They offer considerable driving pleasure and advantages we could only dream of a few years ago. They have a carbon- neutral balance, offer more space with comparable outside dimensions, and 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.”

Volkswagen e-up!

With that ambition, Volkswagen also altered its plans for ID. brand production, aiming for 1.5 million vehicles by 2025. The company had previously set a goal of one million by 2025, but now expects to reach that target in 2023.

The reason for the optimism was the pleasant demand for the ID.3, which debuted in September 2019 and began production in November, as the company works to fulfill the 37,000 orders already placed, with deliveries beginning in Europe in summer 2020. The production plant in Zwickau is expected to pump out 330,000 EVs annually for European consumption, with other plants in China and the US supplying their respective continents.

Volkswagen ID.3

“2020 will be a key year for the transformation of Volkswagen. With the market launch of the ID.3 and other attractive models in the ID. family, our electric offensive will also become visible on the roads”, says Thomas Ulbrich, Member of the Volkswagen brand Board of Management responsible for E-Mobility. “Our new overall plan for 1.5 electric cars in 2025 shows that people want climate- friendly individual mobility – and we are making it affordable for millions of people.”

Volkswagen will also be supplying its Modular Electric Drive (MEB) to other manufacturers, including Ford, which will begin using the toolkit in 2023 and ramp up to an average of 100,000 EVs annually in the following six years.