News Digest Item
07 May 2018

Germany already a leading e-car producer – report

Zeit Online

The current narrative that Germany’s mighty car industry has failed to jump on the electric mobility bandwagon at the right time is a distortion of reality - and the country is on track to become a leading producer of electric vehicles, Christoph M. Schwarzer writes on Zeit Online.  “Most e-cars in Europe are sold by BMW, Daimler or Volkswagen,” Schwarzer says, which effectively makes Germany “the leading producer” on the continent. Absolute e-car sales figures are still modest, but soaring growth rates show that the sector is set to quickly gain in importance. “The greatest threat to long-term success is not Tesla, but Chinese manufacturers,” Schwarzer says, adding that only four percent of e-cars in the world’s largest car market are made by foreign producers. However, “the idea that Germany’s car industry lags behind in e-mobility is not sustained by the facts”, he says.

Read the article in German here.

See the CLEW factsheet The Energiewende and German carmakers for more information.

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