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E-cars Have the Brakes On
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Electromobility is moving forward, albeit quite slowly. Small countries such as Holland and Norway have taken the lead, and Germany is chugging along somewhere in the middle. That is what a recent study says.


A few days ago, representatives of the political sector and the automotive industry met in Berlin to discuss a state subsidized premium for people who buy cars with electric drivetrains, which appear to be unpopular. Based on international comparisons, registration statistics for electric cars in Germany are somewhere in the middle—an unacceptable status for a sector that politicians had hoped would be a market leader. “Concrete” subsidy measures in other countries have since catapulted them to the top of the charts.


For example, sales of e-cars in China tripled to 188,000 (including hybrids) last year. As a result, the Middle Kingdom has moved into first place ahead of the United States—and with a considerable lead. Those are the results of an analysis conducted by the Center of Automotive Management (CAM). It makes the 3-percent increase to 115,000 e-vehicles in the United States look comparatively small.

E-cars in Europe


E-traffic in Europe is moving at a similarly slow pace. Based on market share, small countries such as Norway and the Netherlands enjoy a sizeable lead. In this case, additional buyer incentives ensured that electric automobiles already accounted for some 23 and 10 percent of new car registrations in 2015, respectively. Sweden, Denmark and Switzerland also lie considerably above the “electro-mobile” average for Western Europe (EU15 + EFTA) of 1.4 percent.


Among the large traditional auto markets, France and Great Britain are in the lead: In their case, new registrations of e-cars nearly doubled, accounting for 1.2 and 1.1 percent of the market in 2015, respectively. Like the United States, Germany lies somewhere in the middle at about 0.7 percent. In terms of vehicles sold, Great Britain (28,000 e-autos, up 70%) comes in ahead of France (27,000, up 67%) and Norway (25,000 vehicles, an increase of 25%).


That state-subsidized buying incentives will help electric automobiles find potential buyers in Germany in not the question. But whether measures of this kind are also environmentally friendly at least appears worth discussing. According to the experts, more than just a few fleet and rental companies will jump on the buyer premiums and buy more plug-in hybrids. However, supposedly hybrids are almost never used electrically.

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