And now we’re reaching the end of 2022, let’s reflect on how the electric vehicle market shaped up this year. From small city cars to spacious SUVs, what were the best selling VW electric cars of 2022, and what can we expect from the EV market in the new year?
Not only do electric cars offer a myriad of benefits for those driving them, being cost-effective to run and smooth to drive, but they’re also hugely beneficial for the health of our planet – the critical driver of booming EV sales.
Before 2022, electric vehicle sales were growing steadily, but were held back by the significant lack of EV charging infrastructure.
However, in 2022, it’s clear to see that electric vehicle sales are now growing at a rapid rate, in parallel with the increasing volume of charging ports to meet the needs of EV drivers. As of the end of November 2022, there were almost 37,000 EV charging points across the country, and around 620,000 battery electric cars on the UK roads.
VW group, which encompasses brands like Audi, SEAT, Skoda and of course, Volkswagen, accounted for 25% of all new EV sales across Europe in October. VW have always been a key player in the rise of electric vehicle sales, being an early leader in the revolution with the Volkswagen e-up launching in 2014. And nowadays, they’re still at the very forefront of the market.
The term hatchback usually refers to smaller cars with a boot lid that incorporates the rear window. A popular choice with a broad range of options to choose from, hatchbacks offer that much-needed family-friendly practicality, balanced perfectly with both comfort and style.
When it comes to standard petrol and diesel choices, the Volkswagen Golf is typically a popular choice, alongside the classic Ford Focus. But come 2022, greener, cleaner options are making headway, with various electric VW hatchback cars hitting the market.
The SEAT Leon e-hybrid rose to popularity in 2022, and though not a fully electric car, it’s still a more environmentally-friendly choice for those looking to make a switch. The SEAT electric car range is still small at the moment, but it’s only set to continue improving, with new electric cars already in the works for the upcoming years. For example, a new SEAT “urban EV”, with a planned launch date of 2025.
Despite SEAT’s impressive push into the EV market, it looks like the Volkswagen ID.3 takes top place as one of the most popular electric hatchbacks of 2022. Totally carbon neutral, stylish and spacious, the all electric VW ID.3 covers all bases.
With enough space for five people and plenty of luggage, this is the perfect family vehicle. Sleek and modern, this little car is quiet and understated, but still has enough power to travel around 340 miles on a single charge.
MPVs, or people carriers as they’re more often referred to, are useful cars that rely on space. Favoured by larger families and those who like to travel across the country on a family holiday, standard MPVs usually drink a lot of fuel, so an all-electric option is a welcome alternative.
Launched in 2022, the electric VW ID. Buzz was welcomed to the ID range, said to in some sense replace the Volkswagen Touran. Despite its retro aesthetic, the ID.Buzz is kitted out with modern innovations, such as smart communication systems, LED matrix headlights and a permanently installed SIM card to allow for easy software updates.
Estate cars are a practical vehicle choice, perfect for carrying around the family, commuting to work, travelling far and all in all working as a seamless addition in your day-to-day life.
Incredibly popular throughout 2022, with Volkswagen selling around 36,500 of these models in the first quarter of the year, the ID.4 and ID.5 are fantastic VW electric cars. Comfortable and practical, with around 330 miles of range, the ID.4 ensures you can easily do your day’s driving on a single charge without a problem.
City cars rely on being small, compact and easy-to-drive in urban environments, such as cities (the clue is in the name with this one!).
Still staying at the top of the market, the Volkswagen e-up! initially launched in 2014, and is a brilliant contender for the best selling electric city car of 2022. Affordable, efficient and surprisingly roomy despite its small size, now offering a five-door option, the e-up! is a great option for those looking to travel around the city on zero emissions.
On a similar note, the Skoda CITIGOe iV is incredibly cheap to run and compact, perfect for nipping through those city streets. Only small, this all-electric Skoda can travel up to 170 miles on a single charge, perfect for those taking short journeys to and from work.
The newly-launched SEAT Mii also proved popular throughout 2022, evident in the fact it’s already sold out (for now). Economical, environmentally-friendly and sporting a 160 mile range on one charge, this a city goer’s perfect runaround.
Overall, 2022 was a big year for all electric cars, with the market only forecasted to grow and grow throughout the next decade.
Out of the contenders, the entire electric Volkswagen ID. range were some of the bestsellers this year. Various electric Audi cars made significant headway this year too, with the e-tron range becoming a popular choice for drivers all across the country.
Moreover, out of the Skoda electric vehicles, the Skoda Enyaq iV 60 enjoyed a growing list of accolades and titles, due to its practicality, comfort, smart interior and exterior and reasonable price tag.
For a sportier-looking option, the CUPRA Born made waves this year, with its polished, sleek appearance, high performance and carbon-neutral status.
As we already know, the electric vehicle market is only set to keep going up as we head into 2023.
VW group have made their pledge to go fully electric across Europe and the UK by 2035, with the company predicting that from now, around 70% of any new vehicles sold will be fully electric cars.
Set to shake up the market in 2023 is a new Audi electric car – the Audi A6 e-tron. Boasting the rapid charging feature, this new Audi all-electric car is set to reach 200 miles of range in a matter of 10 minutes, if hooked up to the correct rapid charger.
And of course, there’s plenty of new VW electric cars waiting in the wings, including the VW ID. Aero, set to hit the scene in winter of 2023. This offers an electric alternative to the typically fossil-fuelled Passat, in line with its other sustainable alternatives in the ID range.
Volkswagen Group stormed the EV market this year, with many electric VW cars in 2022 becoming bestsellers and future staples on our roads.
Overall, this proves that a sustainable market for the automotive industry is picking up, so that we can make the roads a greener, cleaner place, in a bid to mitigate the damage of climate change.
Here at Vasstech, we’re all about doing our bit for the environment. That’s why we’ve got EV charging points at all our branches, and are always on hand to offer reliable, efficient full electric vehicle services, to make sure you stay safe, secure and sustainable on the roads.
Get in touch with your local Vasstech branch today, we’d love to help out!