Volkswagen raises 2025 electric car production forecast, sells 250,000 in six years

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 27 Dec 2019


Market launch in 2020: The new Volkswagen ID.3

The Volkswagen brand expects to produce 1.5 million electric cars in 2025. It targets reaching one million electric cars by the end of 2023, two years earlier than previously predicted. Over the next few years, Volkswagen intends to gain a leadership position in the global e-mobility space and is planning an investment of 33 billion euro throughout the group by 2024. This also includes the 11 billion euro investment in the Volkswagen brand. Thomas Ulbrich, member of the Volkswagen brand board of management responsible for E-Mobility said, “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.”

The ID.3 will appear in the market from 2020 summer. Other members will also be added to the ID. family. The first all-electric SUV, the series production model of the ID. CROZZ, will celebrate its world premiere in the course of the year and production of this vehicle at the Zwickau electric car plant is expected to start in 2020, too. In Anting, China, the second Volkswagen plant worldwide will start production of electric cars based on the MEB.

Volkswagen sells 250,000 electric cars in 6 years
Volkswagen brand delivered the 250,000th electric car since the introduction of the e-up! in 2013. The 250,000th car is a ‘Pure White’ e-Golf and was delivered at the Autostadt in Wolfsburg.

Despite some model changes, the Volkswagen brand delivered more than 70,000 electrified vehicles in 2019 - following 50,000 last year. The main sales markets in 2019 were China, Norway, Germany, the USA and the United Kingdom.

Volkswagen 250,000 electric car handover

Handover of the anniversary car to Sandra Fleischer (2nd from left) accompanied by Frederike Gasber by Michael Frohlich (left), Head of Vehicle Deliveries Autostadt, and Francesco Forte, Head of Customer Management Autostadt

Jurgen Stackmann, board member for sales, marketing and after sales, says: “With the 250,000th electrified vehicle, the Volkswagen brand has reached a major milestone on the way to carbon-neutral mobility. Especially all-electric vehicles such as our new ID. family are the answer to major challenges of our times. 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. At Volkswagen, we are convinced that the future is electric.”

Volkswagen launched the e-Golf and Golf GTE in 2014, the Passat GTE and Passat Variant GTE in 2015. Since 2018, the Passat and the Tiguan have been available as plug-in hybrids in China, where they were followed by battery electric versions of the Bora and Lavida this year. Volkswagen confirms that the e-Golf is the most successful model, with 104,000 units, followed by Golf GTE (51,000), Passat Variant GTE (42,000) and e-up! (21.000). The company reports that the battery electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles each account for about half of the total figure.