14 Nov 2023, 13:29
Benjamin Wehrmann

Share of EVs reaches 18 percent in new German cars, as registrations soar in first ten months 2023

Clean Energy Wire

The share of newly registered battery-powered electric vehicles (BEVs) in Germany has jumped by nearly 38 percent in the first ten months of 2023, compared to the same period last year. More than 424,600 new passenger BEVs were registered from January until October this year, a share of 18 percent all new registrations, according to figures by the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA). The share of all “alternative” propulsion systems taken together, including hybrid plug-in and fuel cell cars, reached more than 47 percent so far this year, the KBA added. The favourite domestic brand for alternative engines in Germany was Mercedes (about 147,100 cars) and the most popular foreign brand Hyundai (56,500 cars). The German brand with the highest share of alternative engine vehicles, however, was BMW, which counted well beyond two thirds of its registrations (67%) without internal combustion engines. Audi and Mercedes also had alternative engines in about two thirds of the newly registered vehicles built by them. For battery-electric vehicles, Volkswagen was the most popular domestic brand, counting some 58,600 cars, while Tesla led foreign manufacturers with about 54,700 registrations.

The German government has so far spent a total of 9.5 billion euros subsidising the purchase of two million electric cars. Starting from this year, only battery-powered or fuel cell vehicles are eligible for subsidies. In previous years, the subsidy also covered hybrid vehicles, which combine a combustion engine with an electric motor that can be charged externally (Plug-in hybrids).

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