In the current electric car boom, German manufacturers see themselves clearly ahead across Europe. “The German automotive industry is already the European champion in electromobility,” said the president of the VDA industry association, Hildegard Müller German press agency.
Overtaken Chinese market with 600,000 new e-cars
They are leaders in the European market and have significantly increased their market share in the current year. “This is all the more remarkable because with 600,000 new electric cars in Europe, the total number has almost doubled this year. Europe has even overtaken the Chinese e-market. And: Europe has 60 percent more electric cars on the road than the USA “said Müller. In the domestic market alone, the German manufacturers increased their market share significantly in the first three quarters from 50 percent to 66 percent.
The demand for e-cars has recently increased significantly across Europe, also due to increased government purchase premiums, which are intended to boost demand in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. In October the number of newly registered cars with electric or plug-in hybrid drives was almost 48,000 according to figures from the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA). That corresponds to a market share in the month of 17.5 percent. For comparison: In January, with a good 16,000 cars, it was still a market share of 6.7 percent. The federal government considers seven to ten million e-cars on German roads in Germany to be necessary by 2030 in order to achieve climate protection goals.
The climate protection target is still a long way off
However, car traffic is still a long way from achieving this goal: At the beginning of 2020, only 0.5 (0.3) percent of the total number of cars in the total number of 47.7 (2019: 47.1) million cars were battery-electric or plug-in Hybrid. Experts see a need to catch up, especially in the charging network. The European manufacturer association Acea recently pointed out that the expansion of the charging infrastructure was not keeping pace with the rapidly growing demand for e-cars. “Now the expansion of the charging infrastructure has to follow suit. The municipalities are lagging behind,” said Müller.
The Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) also sees German manufacturers in a leading position outside the German market: In Western Europe, the market share has risen to 46 percent, a third more than in the same month last year. This is particularly evident in Norway, where e-mobility is extremely advanced: “There, the share of e-cars in all new car sales rose to almost 70 percent in the first eight months of the current year,” reported the VDA. “Every second electric car that is sold in Norway today comes from German suppliers.”
Greens like Tesla’s concept better
The Green Bundestag member Oliver Krischer, on the other hand, criticized that at most VW had seriously accepted the challenge of e-mobility. “Daimler and BMW don’t even have adequate models on offer.” The politician sees the American electric car pioneer Tesla as a role model. “Tesla’s combination of long battery ranges and a reliable charging system is proving to be a recipe for success,” said Krischer in a statement. “The German auto industry has nothing like it.”