Volkswagen’s Battery Electric Vehicle Sales jump by 42% in Q1 2023

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Volkswagen (VW) execs have reasons to pop the champagne as the auto behemoth reports a massive increase in the sales of its fully electric vehicles in the first quarter of 2023. The German company delivered 141,000 BEVs, a 42% increase year-over-year, up from 99,200 units in the same period last year.

BEVs accounted for 6.9% of total sales, a healthy increase from 5.2% in Q1 2022.

According to VW, Europe was the primary driver of the sales growth, with BEV sales in the region exploding by 68%, accounting for 98,300 units. In China, the company’s second-largest BEV market, VW delivered 21,500 units, with the United States accounting for approximately 15,700 BEVs, almost double the deliveries from the previous year.

The ID.Family lineup, which includes the ID.4, ID.5, and ID.3 models, was the most successful BEV model in the first quarter. VW sold 41,900 units of the ID.4/ID.5 models and 23,600 units of the ID.3. The Audi Q4 e-tron came in third place with 21,300 units sold, followed by the SKODA Enyaq iV with 12,400 units delivered, and the Audi e-tron/Q8 e-tron with 9,700 units delivered.

Hildegard Wortmann, a VW’s Extended Executive Committee for Sales member, attributed the company’s strong performance to its commitment to all-electric vehicles. VW has a BEV order backlog in Western Europe of over 260,000 units.

With the success of its BEV lineup, Volkswagen is positioning itself as a major player in the electric vehicle market. The company aims to become a leader in electric mobility and plans to introduce over 70 all-electric models by 2028.

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