2020 hasn’t been a normal year so far as the coronavirus pandemic has had an impact on all of us in one way or another. The car industry was hit hard by the COVID-19 outbreak, with customer demand falling hard in most parts of the world. That being said, Audi has decided to see the glass half full by pointing out the E-Tron was the best-selling electric SUV in Europe in the first six months of 2020.
Not only that, but it was actually the most popular EV overall in Norway where 92 percent of the cars sold by Audi were the E-Tron. The zero-emissions SUV also represented the vast majority of the company’s sales in Iceland where 93 percent of all new cars sold with the Four Rings didn’t have a combustion engine.
Worldwide, Audi shipped a total of 17,641 E-Trons in H1 2020, representing an impressive increase of 86.8 percent compared to the same period of last year. As you’ve probably heard by now, there are more E-Tron models to come as the tri-motor “S” version will be out in Europe later this year in both regular and Sportback body styles.
Audi’s EV portfolio will further grow in the months to come with the long-awaited E-Tron GT, an electric sports sedan molded after the Porsche Taycan. 2020 will also see the launch of the production-ready Q4 E-Tron, which will be followed next year by the equivalent Sportback. By the middle of the decade, Audi will have 30 electrified models in its portfolio, including 20 pure electric vehicles.
There are yet-to-be-confirmed rumors of an A2 revival as an EV, which is said to be among the many electric cars Audi will be working on for the Artemis project. Other brands from within the VW Group will benefit from Audi’s EV know-how as part of the automotive conglomerate’s greater plan to have 75 EVs on sale by 2029.