E-cars vary in popularity depending on the region – Hamburg is a pioneer

Hamburg, Baden-Württemberg and Berlin have the highest proportions of electric cars and plug-in hybrids in Germany. As of October 1st, these two vehicle categories accounted for 1.26 percent of all cars in the Hanseatic city, according to figures from the Federal Motor Transport Authority. It is followed by Baden-Württemberg and Berlin with 1.08 percent each. The lowest proportions are in Saxony-Anhalt with 0.39, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania with 0.41 and Saxony with 0.49 percent.

The German average is 0.87 percent. This means that around every 116th passenger car is an electric car or plug-in hybrid. In Hamburg it is one of 80, in Saxony-Anhalt one of 258. On October 1, 221,968 all-electric cars and 194,789 plug-in hybrids were registered nationwide. The numbers are currently increasing rapidly thanks to the increased funding.

According to the assessment of the new car purchase portal Carwow, the demand for electric cars is currently normalizing again after a recent significant increase. Today, 50 percent of buyers were interested in gasoline cars and a sixth each in electric, hybrid and diesel cars, said Carwow boss Philipp Sayler from Amende of the German press agency in Munich. “This trend seems to have leveled off here, so I would assume that the demand on our comparison portal will remain roughly this way in the near future.”

The portal counts 3.5 million monthly visits from potential car buyers who can configure their dream vehicle and then receive offers from German dealers.

The sometimes very long delivery times for e-cars should also normalize, said Sayler von Amende and gave four reasons: The industry was surprised by the run in the summer – fueled by the very high German purchase premium, which was initially limited to the end of the year – and was responded now. The supply chains ran better. The extension of the purchase premium until 2025 took the pressure off. In addition, the demand is spread across more e-models because new ones are constantly coming onto the market.

“The e-car buying mood is still very good, only it will in all probability relax somewhat, which we have also been able to observe in the last few months,” said the Carwow boss.

Meanwhile, according to the industry expert Ferdinand Dudenhöffer, diesel cars are becoming obsolete in Europe. In the first nine months of this year, only 27 percent of all registrations in Western Europe were diesel cars – compared to 31 percent in the previous year and 58 percent in 2011.

“The electrification of the drive train eats up the diesel,” wrote Dudenhöffer in a study. Stricter EU CO2 regulations and the ban on new cars with internal combustion engines in Great Britain will accelerate the slide. The last diesel bastion are the big SUVs, the large company cars and the tax advantages in Germany, for example.

In the Federal Republic of Germany, the market share of diesel cars for new registrations is almost 30 percent above the Western European average. “With Europe, diesel is losing its only remaining market region. Diesel is becoming a commercial vehicle unit again,” explained the professor. The cost of developing new diesel engines was hardly worth it. “There are much better alternatives than diesel for saving CO2.”


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