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Wednesday 20 January 2021

Volkswagen brand triples deliveries of pure EVs in 2020

EV sales soared in Europe in 2020, and at least two legacy automakers, Daimler and Volkswagen, appear on track to meet the EU’s stringent emissions targets for the year.

For the Volkswagen brand (part of the larger Volkswagen Group, which also includes Audi and Porsche), 2020 was “a turning point [and] a breakthrough in electric mobility,” according to Ralf Brandstätter, CEO of Volkswagen Passenger Cars.

Pretty much every auto brand saw its sales plummet in 2020 (except for Tesla, which posted record sales), and VW was no exception—the brand delivered around 5.3 million vehicles globally, a decline of around 15 percent compared to 2019. However, VW set a new record for plug-in vehicle sales, delivering 212,000 units (an increase of 158 percent versus 2019), including nearly 134,000 pure EVs (up 197 percent versus 2019).

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