# 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.
These are the most popular e-car brands worldwide
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# 9 Mercedes
BMW has published a ranking of the brands in the electric mobility sector for the first half of 2020. The market shares relate to new registrations of e-cars and hybrid vehicles from January to June in around 50 countries. The numbers come from the data information service IHS Markit. Mercedes ranks ninth with three percent of new registrations. In the 2019 annual report, the German carmaker was unable to place itself in the top ten.
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# 9 Peugeot
Mercedes shared ninth place with Peugeot. The French carmaker was also able to make it onto the list of the ten largest companies in the field of electromobility in the first half of 2020.
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# 5 BYD
In the 2019 annual report, BYD was still in second place with ten percent of new registrations. In the first half of 2020, the Chinese car company reportedly crashed to four percent and fifth place. BYD (largest single shareholder is Berkshire Hathaway) shared this with others in the global ranking …
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# 5 Hyundai & Kia
… with the South Korean competitors Hyundai and Kia. Both brands belong to the Hyundai Motor Group. The car manufacturer presented the Kona Electric model at the IAA in Frankfurt last year.
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# 5 Audi, Renault & Volvo
Fifth place in the ranking shows how close the manufacturers of e-cars and hybrid vehicles are to one another. Six corporations are represented here, each with a market share of four percent. In addition to BYD, Hyundai and Kia, these are the European brands Audi, Renault and Volvo. Renault’s small car Zoe is one of the best-selling electric cars in this country.
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# 3 VW & BMW
E-cars from Germany are in demand worldwide. In the Corona crisis, demand may even have increased. As in 2019, BMW had a market share of seven percent in the first half of 2020 and moved up one place to second. VW increased its market share from four to seven percent and climbed two ranks. But even taken together, the two automakers of the world’s top brand could not have been dangerous.
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# 1 Tesla
Tesla remains the leading manufacturer of electric cars worldwide and can easily expand its lead. According to BMW statistics, the market share of new registrations from January to June 2020 was 21 percent. In 2019 it was 20 percent. The international market for e-cars is highly fragmented. The many start-ups in the electric mobility sector may also have played a part in this. More than a third of the new registrations (35 percent) in the first half of the year came from electric car brands, each with a share of less than 2.5 percent. In Germany and Europe, the share of the “remaining” brands was only 14 percent each. The Chinese automakers Beijing Auto and Roewe were no longer in the top 10 in the first half of 2020.