Volkswagen Ireland’s ID.4 and ID.3 were the bestselling all-electric vehicles in 2021, recording an astonishing 31% combined market share.
With registrations of electric vehicles more than doubling in 2021, Ireland’s motorists are increasingly shifting focus towards more sustainable means of transport. According to figures from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI), 8,646 new electric cars were registered in 2021 compared to 4,013 in 2020 and 3,444 in 2019.
Volkswagen Ireland’s ID.4 was the best-selling Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) in the country last year with an impressive 1,432 registrations. Launched in March 2021, the ID.4 was an instant hit with car buyers becoming the most popular vehicle in Ireland on its release. With a range in excess of 500km, the BEV leader represents an exciting new frontier in emission-free driving, combining sleek looks, practicality and sustainability.
The ID.3 was the second best-selling model in the country with 1,271 registrations – 413 more than the third bestselling BEV. Originally launched in 2020, ID.3 sales rose by 255% in 2021 capping an extraordinary year for the iconic model and the ID family.
Rodolfo Calixto, Volkswagen Brand Director for Ireland said: “I am delighted with the outstanding sales performance of our ID models. Irish motorists have displayed their willingness to be progressive and adopt electric vehicles at an accelerated pace. I am thrilled so many of them have chosen our ID family to make the switch.
“Our 2021 results are conclusive thumbs up for Volkswagen’s bold ACCELERATE strategy. By becoming the first manufacturer to produce and deliver electric vehicles to Irish consumers with a certified net carbon-neutral balance, we have demonstrated our intention to lead the way on electrification.”
Both the ID.3 and ID.4 are produced at Volkswagen’s Zwickau plant in Germany and are delivered to customers in a net carbon-neutral fashion*. Over-the-air updates keep ID models equipped with the latest advances in digitalisation, a key pillar in Volkswagen’s journey to becoming a software-oriented mobility provider.
In 2022, Volkswagen will ramp up its ACCELERATE strategy with the addition of new ID. Family models, the ID.5 and ID.5 GTX. Elegant, sporty and electric, the new ID.5 brings the ID model range into a new market segment. The E-SUV coupe comes equipped with the new ID. software version 3.0, which improves charging performance and voice control. Meanwhile, use of swarm data elevates driver assistance systems to the next level as Volkswagen takes further steps towards automated driving.
“I believe 2022 will be another milestone year for Volkswagen as we step up our ACCELERATE strategy,” said Calixto
“We have ambitious plans for the ID.3 and ID.4. Meanwhile, the arrival of the all-new ID.5 and ID.5 GTX strengthens our position as the market leader. By delivering outstanding design, reassuringly long-range and the pledge of net carbon-neutrality on delivery, Volkswagen is helping to deliver a more sustainable future for everyone.”
The ID.3 starts from €33,743 after grants while the ID.4 is available from €48,089 after grants. Both models are currently available with PCP finance starting from 1.9% APR. To arrange a test drive, visit volkswagen.ie or contact your preferred Volkswagen retailer.
*Manufacture and delivery of the ID.3 and ID.4 to the retailer are independently certified as net carbon-neutral by TUV Nord. Net carbon-neutrality is achieved through a combination of both emission reduction and off-setting unavoidable emissions. You can download the TUV Nord certificate for ID.3 and ID.4 at volkswagen.ie/waytozero. This independent certification is audited and reconciled quarterly. It excludes use and life-cycle post-handover at the retailer.