15 Jan. 2022 13:01 o’clock
The German carmaker Volkswagen has almost doubled its production figures in the electric car segment compared to 2020. The group is Europe’s largest supplier of such vehicles. Nevertheless, he has not yet come close to the sales figures of the US group Tesla worldwide.
Volkswagen almost doubled the number of electric cars produced last year compared to 2020, delivering almost 432,000 cars to its customers. The German car manufacturer announced on Wednesday. Tesla meanwhile sold more than 936,000 vehicles.
The Volkswagen Group cited problems in the supply chains leading to shortages of computer chips and other parts as impediments to the progress of operations, describing the conditions as “extraordinarily challenging”.
The company, which also owns the Audi, Porsche and Škoda brands, pledged last month to invest half of its budget — just over $100 billion — in electric vehicles over the next five years in a bid to challenge Tesla.
Only five to six percent of the vehicles produced by VW are currently equipped with electric drives. However, the company expects that share to rise to 25 percent by the end of 2026.
Although Volkswagen is the largest seller of electric cars in Europe, Elon Musk’s US company Tesla has so far been the undisputed leader in global sales.
The US automaker overcame the problems with the chip shortage and increased its total sales of electric cars by 87 percent in 2021 compared to 2020.
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