Volkswagen's expanding European fleet of ID electric vehicles are no closer to Australia, as the company claims regions with stricter emissions regulations continue to be prioritised over our "automotive third world."
Speaking to CarAdvice, a Volkswagen Australia spokesperson said: "We’ve said previously 2022, [that has] slipped back to 2023, [and it] may even be later than that.
"Zero-emissions vehicles will be prioritised for those markets that have targets to meet. Demand is growing exponentially in Europe – 212,000 electric (EV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) Volkswagen vehicles were sold last year, [with] EVs a greater proportion of that holistic mix."
"Here there is no CO2 target, latent hostility to EVs [and] Victoria has taxed a new technology that is barely here ... [it has] not [been] thought through ... We don’t ask for incentives. [Nor do] we don’t ask for disincentives."
Whereas Europe, China, the US and many other global markets carry strict emissions regulations and targets on CO2, fuel economy and other metrics – necessitating the sale of electric vehicles to balance out combustion-engined vehicles' emissions – Australia has no such targets.
Instead, petrol and diesel vehicles in Australia must only conform to Euro 5 standards, introduced in 2009, and around a decade behind the latest Euro 6d standards in effect in Europe.
Volkswagen's European electric vehicle range currently consists of Golf-sized ID.3 hatch and Tiguan-sized ID.4 medium SUV models, with plans for an sub-€25,000 (AU$39,000) ID.1 city hatch in 2025, ID.5 mid-size coupe SUV later in 2021, ID.7 mid-size sedan and wagon around 2023, and a production version of the ID. Buzz concept around a similar time.