The German automaker has sold a ton of electrified cars.
With a battery range of anywhere from 83 to 125 miles and starting price over $30,000, the Volkswagen e-Golf was never going to be the car to light up people's interest in electric vehicles. The e-Golf felt more like a stepping stone to bigger things for VW and with an investment of over $70 billion, the German automaker seems primed to begin an electric car revolution. Some of these EVs will even be produced in the United States and will be badged under VW's new ID. lineup.
The ID.3 will be the first of the new lineup of electric cars and will go on sale in Europe soon. But before VW sells a single one, the automaker just hit a major milestone by selling its 250,000th electrified vehicle since the introduction of the e-up! in 2013.
A quarter of a million cars in six years may not sound that impressive compared to Tesla's sales numbers but it is still significant. The 250,000th car was a Pure White e-Golf that was delivered to owner Sandra Fleischer at the Autostadt in Wolfsburg, Germany.
"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," said Jürgen Stackmann, Board Member for Sales, Marketing, and After-Sales.
70,000 of the 250,000 cars were sold in 2019 following 50,000 cars in 2018. The e-Golf accounts for most of these with 104,000 units over its lifetime. The next closest models included the Golf GTE with 51,000 units, Passat Variant GTE with 42,000 units, and e-up! with 21,000 units, none of which are sold in the US. In total, around 50 percent of the 250,000 were battery electric vehicles while the other 50 percent were plug-in hybrids.