The Volkswagen Group
successfully continued its global electric offensive in the third quarter of 2021. Despite a shortage of semiconductors, 122,100 BEVs were delivered to customers from July to September, an increase of 109% compared with the same quarter last year. Th increase was particularly significant in China — 28,900 BEVs were delivered in the third quarter (Q3), compared with 18,300 in the first half of the year.
The BEV share of total deliveries rose to more than 6% in Q3. A total of 293,100 BEVs were delivered worldwide by the end of September, more than twice as many as in Q3 2020 (138%). There was also strong demand for plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) — 246,000 were delivered in the first nine months, more than twice as many as in Q3 last year (133%).
In terms of BEV deliveries by region, Europe was still clearly in the lead, with 209,800 vehicles (72% share). The Group was the market leader here, accounting for a BEV market share of around 26%. In the USA, the Group delivered 27,300 BEVs, which corresponded to 9% of its global BEV deliveries.
This gave the Group a market share of around 8% in the all-electric vehicle segment, putting it in the number two position. In China, 47,200 BEVs were delivered by the end of September; this represents 16% of the Group’s global BEV deliveries.
In the third quarter, the accelerated market ramp-up meant that China accounted for a share of 24%.
Christian Dahlheim, Volkswagen Group director sales, said: “As planned, we significantly accelerated the BEV market ramp-up in China in the third quarter, and we are on track to meeting our target for the year of delivering 80,000 to 100,000 vehicles of the ID. model family.”
By the end of September, the core Volkswagen brand delivered 167,800 BEVs to customers (57% share). This was followed by Audi with 52,800 vehicles (18%), ŠKODA with 32,100 vehicles (11%), Porsche with 28,600 vehicles (10%) and SEAT with 8,800 vehicles (3%).