13 Dec 2019, 13:42
Rose-Anne Clermont

E-car sales in Germany up by almost 50 percent in 2019 - report

Clean Energy Wire

Germany is forecasted to register 110,000 new e-vehicles in 2019, while market giants USA and China saw a decrease in e-market sales, the Center of Automotive Management's (CAM) electromobility report shows. Germany will remain the third-largest e-vehicle market in 2019, with market share increasing from 1.9 percent in 2018 to 2.9 percent in 2019. This includes 59 percent pure electric cars (BEV) and 41 percent plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV). To date, around 97,000 electric cars were sold in Germany, up to and including November, an increase of 49 percent compared to last year. "Germany is playing a driving role in the growth of electric mobility," according to the report.

Germany has struggled to cut CO2 emissions in the mobility sector. The sector emitted over 160 million tonnes of CO2 in 2018 and this figure is supposed to sink below 100 million tonnes by 2030. The number of new registrations of vehicles with alternative engines has risen by 65.2 percent, according to a recent report by the German Energy Agency (dena). Andreas Kuhlmann, chairman of dena's management board said: "The continuing rise in interest in alternative drive systems is positive. However, this is counteracted by the continued strong sales of new cars with high fuel consumption. Politicians must take countermeasures here." A recent report by Deutsche Bank warned that the German e-vehicle market was still driven too much by government regulations and too little by market forces.

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