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2020 as a complete was not a sort yr to many. Volkswagen, specifically, noticed a world gross sales decline of 15.2 p.c. Issues seemed significantly dire within the first half of the yr, however the VW Group noticed a big restoration within the fourth quarter. One shiny spot for VAG was present in its electrical autos, which noticed a big enhance in gross sales throughout 2020 as in comparison with 2019. A part of that was on account of elevated availability of well-liked fashions, and introduction of recent fashions.

In 2019 the world’s largest automaker by gross sales quantity noticed gross sales of its electrical fashions explode from 73,700 models in 2019 to 231,600 models in 2020, a 214 p.c bounce. Whereas that doesn’t actually maintain a candle to Tesla’s world 499,550 models shifted, it’s the form of progress that would see Volkswagen overtake Tesla in 2021 as additional fashions roll out.

Volkswagen led the cost with the brand new ID.Three compact hatch promoting some 56,500 models. The electrical pioneer for the group, Audi’s E-Tron SUV was second hottest with 47,300 models offered. And in third was Porsche’s high-end electrical Taycan sedan with 20,000 examples delivered. Contemplating these three models solely account for about half of VW’s EV gross sales, there have been nonetheless vital numbers of different fashions, just like the eUP! and the e-Golf.

Take into account that in 2021 VW will launch the ID.four electrical SUV and the Audi E-Tron GT sports activities sedan, amongst many different electrical fashions, and isn’t unattainable to consider that the model may enhance its EV gross sales tri-fold once more this yr. I predict the ID.four will considerably outsell the ID.3, assuming VW can sustain with manufacturing. And Porsche may simply promote much more Taycans this yr if it will probably maintain that manufacturing facility pumping them out.

That 231,600 electrical automobile quantity is only a small drop within the bucket in comparison with VAG’s world gross sales of 9.Three million autos. I’d wager that VW doesn’t significantly care that Tesla beat it on electrical models offered, because it nonetheless managed to outsell Toyota on a world scale. Volkswagen is simply getting began taking the EV recreation severely, and it doesn’t normally do issues in half-measures, regardless of how lengthy it takes.