Huge rise in e-car registrations in Germany during first half-year. New June record for electric registrations.
New registrations of electric passenger cars showed a strong rise in the first half of 2017. A total of 22,465 new cars with electric propulsion were registered – a leap of 113 percent. The proportion of electric vehicles among all new passenger cars has more than doubled compared with last year, from 0.6 percent to 1.3 percent. The German group brands’ market share continued rising in the first six months of 2017 – to 61 percent. Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), commented: “The German electric car market is picking up speed. More and more customers are deciding on an e-model. The latest growth rates are much higher than they were one year ago.”
The increase was even greater in June. Growth of 175 percent to 4,702 electric vehicle registrations took the figure to a new monthly record. It includes battery electric vehicles (BEVs), plug-in hybrids and vehicles with fuel cells. The dynamism is similar for plug-in hybrids (+189 percent) and the BEVs (+164 percent). In June electric cars accounted for 1.4 percent of the overall market.
Wissmann also stressed: “We are especially pleased to see the large market share going to the German manufacturers, of 61 percent. They have over 30 models on offer – a wide range of vehicles with electric propulsion. One important driver of the market growth is the environmental bonus.” He explained that this incentive was a factor resulting in more private households buying electric passenger cars. Their share among new electric registrations increased to 29 percent (19 percent last year) and is now only slightly below that for company cars (32 percent).