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Volkswagen sells more electric cars than Tesla


The German group has not only surpassed the US electric car company and took the number one position in the European market within the past 12 months, but is growing very fast.

Data from Schmidt Automotive Research (Germany) shows that Volkswagen has more than doubled Tesla sales in the past 12 months in the European market. Not only that, but growth continues at a high rate.

The first customers in Germany received Volkswagen ID.4 cars on April 19. The airline plans to deliver around 150,000 ID.4 units worldwide this year. Image: Volkswagen

In Europe, electric vehicle sales reached 856,000 vehicles in 12 months, 5/2020-4/2021. In which, Volkswagen sold 206,400 cars. Tesla fell to fifth with 102,500 vehicles as Renault/Nissan, Hyundai/Kia and Stellantis all moved higher.

Tesla currently sells three models in Europe, the Model S, Model X and Model 3. The plant in Grünheide, Germany, shows little chance of opening anytime soon.

Volkswagen’s electric vehicle fleet seems to be growing week by week, ranging from e-Golf, e-Up to ID.3 and ID.4, from the Volkswagen brand alone. Meanwhile, sub-brands include Skoda with Enyaq SUV, Seat with Cupra Born, Porsche with Taycan and Audi with e-tron Coupe and e-tron GT.

But Tesla is not only being left behind by Volkswagen, but also by lack of chips and lockdowns because of Covid-19.

A Tesla charging station in Switzerland.  Photo: Techgarage

A Tesla charging station in Switzerland. Image: Techgarage

The Renault/Nissan alliance – which was a leader in electric vehicles in Europe long before Tesla arrived – has surpassed the US company with 137,500 vehicles sold in the past 12 months.

Hyundai/Kia also sold 112,800 vehicles while the new Stellantis group (formed from the alliance of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Peugeot SA) sold 105,700 vehicles. As for Stellantis with a total of 14 brands, only 4 of them (including Peugeot, Citroen, DS and Fiat) sell electric cars.

For Volkswagen, the success is clearly visible as one in four electric vehicles sold in Europe in the last months of 2021 is from a group brand: either a Seat, a Skoda, a Volkswagen, an Audi or a Porsche.

Volkswagen also accounted for 24.5% of EV sales in Europe in the first four months of this year, followed by Stellantis (17.1%), Renault/Nissan (12.5%), Tesla (11.9%) and Hyundai/Kia close on heels (11.7%).

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