Volkswagen has announced a significant increase in its electric-vehicle deliveries, which have risen by 45% in the first nine months of this year. However, the company also mentioned that its order intake is currently below expectations due to a slower market trend than anticipated.
Between January and September, Volkswagen delivered a total of 531,500 all-electric vehicles to its customers, compared to 366,600 vehicles during the same period last year. This surge in deliveries has resulted in an increase in the share of battery-electric vehicles, which now accounts for 7.9% of Volkswagen’s total sales, up from 6.1% in the previous year. The third quarter alone saw this figure rise to 9%.
Hildegard Wortmann, a member of Volkswagen’s extended executive committee for sales, acknowledged the prevailing reluctance in the European market towards purchasing battery-powered vehicles. However, even in this challenging environment, Volkswagen managed to gain market share and remain the leader in the electric-vehicle segment. Wortmann added, “Unfortunately, our order intake is currently below our ambitious targets due to the overall market trend being lower than expected.”
In terms of geographical distribution, Europe continues to be the driving force behind Volkswagen’s growth, with the region accounting for 341,100 vehicles collected during the nine-month period. China and the United States follow closely behind.
It is evident that Volkswagen is making significant strides in the electric vehicle market, despite the current obstacles. With its commitment to sustainability and innovation, the company is poised to maintain its position as an industry leader.