It’s a one-two that Volkswagen expected from such a rushed start, but maybe not so quickly. In April, his compact electric sedan ID3 and his new electric SUV ID4 were well ahead of Tesla on the podium of the top-selling electric cars in Europe. A new symbol for the automobile brand that aims to be the world leader in electric cars by 2025.
Volkswagen’s billion-dollar electrification plan, which was adopted in 2019, is already bearing fruit. And contrary to what you might think, the ID4 surpasses the ID3 with 7,565 registrations in April compared to 5,941 deliveries for the ID3. The ID4 is much newer, but the ID3 has seen some issues and delays that may have affected its sales lately. The third model on the podium is none other than the Renault Zoé with 4,083 units.
Volkswagen in top shape
Tesla, more precisely its Model 3, is not among the top 10 electric vehicle registrations in April 2021. In contrast to other manufacturers, the brand is mainly dependent on imports, while the Berlin plant is not yet in operation. A patriotic trend also seems to be emerging in Germany, where Volkswagen has found the majority of its customers.
They could be ordered across the Rhine in 1446 for the ID4, 2264 for the ID3, very strong proportions that gave the two cars a boost. In addition, the country was also the main market for the Renault Zoe, with 1,268 of 4,083 units sold in Europe. In April, the electric Peugeot 208 was in fifth place with 3,597 units sold.
Now Volkswagen’s goal is to outperform Tesla for the rest of the year. As of January 1, the Model 3’s approvals still top all its competitors (at 32,444 units versus 17,700 for the ID3), but things could change. The German manufacturer is preparing to launch 450,000 cars this year, and 3 million a year by 2025.
The premises of this success have been evident on the stock exchange since the beginning of the year. We have told you about it here, and Volkswagen has regained the (Olympic) shape it had before the “Dieselgate” affair broke out. In Germany, the company is the largest capitalization in the country with more than 130 billion euros.