Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles delivered around 2,700 electric vehicles in 2020. This corresponds to an increase of 167% in electric van sales compared to 2019 but does not even represent one per cent of total sales.
Around 1,100 of the 2,700 electric models sold were e-Crafter vans. As is well known, production of the latter has been taking place entirely at the Volkswagen plant in Września, Poland, since summer 2020. The manufacturer does not provide any further differentiation by model. VWCV merely points out that a new generation of the Estate with plug-in hybrid drives will be presented with the new Multivan before the end of 2021 and that the all-electric ID.Buzz will follow in 2022. The main plant in Hanover is currently being converted to build both models.
In terms of total sales, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles recorded a drop of 24.4 per cent to 371,700 vehicles in 2020. The home market of Germany remains the strongest single market with 101,000 vehicles (2019: 126,600; -20.2 per cent), followed by the UK and France.
The latest electromobility-related news from the Volkswagen commercial vehicle subsidiary revolved primarily around the plant in Hanover: in November, for example, mechanical engineering company Kuka was commissioned to plan, supply, assemble and commission a fully automated body shop for the underbody of the all-electric ID.Buzz. Besides, as part of its latest round of investment planning for 2021 to 2025, the Volkswagen Group announced that three all-electric D-SUV models for other Group brands would also be built in Hanover in future.
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