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Auto industryE-cars: record for new registrations

E-cars are enjoying growing popularity and the range is growing too. The ID.3 from VW has also recently been on the marketimago images / Sylvio Dittrich

# 1 record for new registrations

“The year 2020 will bring a strong boost to electromobility in this country,” was the interim balance of the Federal Statistical Office. It reported in September: “New registrations of e-cars will reach a record level in 2020.” In the past few months there have been, in some cases, three-digit increases compared to the respective month of the previous year. In August, the proportion of cars with purely electric drive in new registrations rose to 6.4 percent. In 2019 it was only 1.8 percent. The proportion of cars with hybrid drives also roughly tripled.

# 2 Imports and exports are booming

The upward trend of the previous year is thus continuing. Germany exported around 99,000 new electric vehicles in 2019. That was 72 percent more than in 2018. Imports also increased: by 39 percent to 60,400 new vehicles. In addition to e-cars, electric vehicles include quads with electric motors and electric cabin scooters.

# 3 Corona crisis in electromobility

The corona crisis dampened the export boom. 41,300 new electric vehicles were exported in the first half of 2020. In the same period last year there were 52,200 vehicles. In return, the demand for foreign e-cars rose by around 50 percent to 45,300 electric vehicles.

# 4 main countries

26 percent of the electric vehicles exported in the first half of 2020 went to Norway. The country had already bought around 23 percent of German exports in 2019. Germany’s main supplier of electric vehicles was and is France. Almost a quarter of the imported vehicles came from the neighboring country in 2019 and in the first half of 2020.

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