Volkswagen — ID. Buzz Sales Surge, Norway All EV By 2024

Volkswagen ID. The Buzz is sold out until 2022 in Germany and Norway, although deliveries will not begin until later this year. Production began at the company’s commercial vehicle plant in Hanover, Germany, in May. 3,400 orders have been booked in Norway, 2,500 in Germany, 1,100 in the Netherlands, 1,000 in Belgium and 2,000 in other European countries.

The news was sent to all employees at the Hanover plant in an email from Lars Krause, head of commercial vehicle sales at Volkswagen, according to Automobile Week. “10,000 orders without the car actually being at the dealer, let alone a customer driving it. It’s just impressive,” Krause wrote. “I am very happy that ID Buzz and ID Buzz Cargo are already selling so well. After all, we are still in the launch phase, before the market launch. Pre-sales haven’t even started yet in France and the UK,” he added.

Volkswagen aims for sales of 15,000 ID. Buzz vehicles for 2022, meaning more than two-thirds of the available supply has already been sold. By 2023, the company expects to manufacture 60,000 of them and up to 130,000 per year thereafter. Prices for the ID Buzz start at 54,430 euros ($57,220) in Germany for the Cargo version and 64,581 euros ($67,891) for the five-passenger Pro version.

In May, Krause said he expects Europe to be the core market for the ID. Buzz, but he hinted that sales in the US could also be significant. Delivery in the US is expected to begin in 2024.

Volkswagen has big plans for ID. The sum

Using technology developed with Argo AI, Volkswagen wants to make the ID. Buzz is the basis for a fleet of self-driving taxis and vans worldwide. The company also plans to produce battery-electric versions of the Transporter 6.1, e-Crafter van and California motorhome to join the ID. Buzz in its range of commercial vehicles.

Volkswagen To Go All Electric In Norway

Ulf Tore Hekneby is the CEO of Harald A. Møller, the importer of Volkswagen cars to Norway. He announced this week that his company will no longer import Volkswagen passenger cars with internal combustion engines after January 1, 2024. That means no hybrids or plug-in hybrids, only battery electrics, according to a report from Norway Post. Norway has announced a ban on cars with internal combustion engines by the end of 2025, so this news means Volkswagen will be two full years ahead of the curve in Norway, which already has some of the most aggressive electric cars of any country.

But Hekneby would like Norway to do more. “The 2025 target has been a huge success with cross-political agreement and good opportunities for action. But we are only a short way on the way, because there is still a very large part of the car fleet on the passenger car side, which are not zero-emission cars. Only 18 percent of the car fleet is fully electric today, and when we look to the future, we need to look at what that target should be.” Hekneby refers to a report from the Transport Economics Institute, which has calculated that only 50 percent of Norway’s cars will be electrified in 2036 if all current incentives, including zero VAT, are kept in full force.

“But the authorities have decided that there must be VAT on electric cars from 1 January next year, and then TØI says that it will take longer, probably 2042. We believe that it is not realistic to get anything done with the decision on the VAT . , and we respect that. At the same time, we think that we must be aggressive with a goal that more than half of the passenger car fleet must be zero-emission cars by 2040. We must get the politicians, special interests and our colleagues in the car industry involved. Only then do we have a chance to achieve it.”

Hekneby wants Volkswagen to be at the forefront of the EV revolution in Norway. Ideally, he would like the company to start selling only zero-emission vehicles in 2035 – five years ahead of the rest of the market. “We are in a better position than the market today with our zero-emission share of the car fleet at 22 percent.” He would like to see a scrappage program that encourages drivers to give up their conventional cars sooner.

Sales of electric cars in Norway are strong, but hampered by restrictions in the delivery process. “The delivery situation is demanding, but we find that the customers have a great understanding of the situation and are patient. They are willing to wait for the electric cars, and this means that it will only be a matter of delayed sales and not lost sales, as we experience the situation now.”

Secretary General Christina Bu of the Electric Vehicle Association is pleased with Møller’s electric car ambitions. “I think it’s fantastic. It is brilliant that parts of the industry are showing that a hundred percent zero-emission share is fully achievable, even before 2025. We know that the sooner we get to one hundred percent electric new car sales, the faster we will reduce emissions . When that’s what they offer, then that’s also what people have to buy.”

But she also has some concerns. “This applies to passenger cars. What year do they put on vans? Vans are also part of the 2025 target, and I hope that Møller is also working on electrifying its van fleet, because we are lagging far behind there. Electric cars have a market share of 17 percent so far this year, compared to 78 percent for passenger cars.”

There’s the ID. Buzz and battery electric versions of the T1 Transporter enter the picture. The only question is whether Volkswagen will be able to manufacture and supply enough of them to meet demand.

Folks on the Reddit EV forum had some things to say about Volkswagen’s decision to stop selling cars with internal combustion engines at the end of next year.

  • ixisoverrated – “With internal combustion engine market shares in the single digits, this is a bit of a no-brainer. If you don’t have any sales for a product, you stop selling that product.”
  • trevize1138 — “This is exactly what the ‘no way electric cars can be 100% of sales by 2035’ argument misses. It’s only partly about increasing electric production by 2035. The flip side of that is that ICE becomes a non-viable product.”
  • Necessary-Elk-45 — “Yes, I often use a typewriter vs computer (edit: in the 1990s) metaphor. You can prefer typewriters all you want, but in the end the computer will do more things for less money and will simply be objectively better product. I’m sure Norwegians can take a typewriter mobile in Germany if they need one :)”

Takeaway

Volkswagen is taking an aggressive step on the Norwegian market. How long before other car companies follow suit? Fossil fuel apologists wring their hands over combustion bans, but market forces may see the end of conventional cars before these bans ever take effect… hopefully.


 

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