Electric vehicles are still very rare

Posted on Thursday, 4 October 2012 , 13:10:22 byEmil

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Electric vehicles are still very rare


Since the beginning of the year until the end of August, in Germany were sold more than 2.108 million units of passenger cars. When it comes to electric vehicles, a study made by the Center of Automotive Research at the University of Duisburg-Essen shows that in the Germany were sold only 2.272 cars which actually indicates a 0.1 % market share, so almost inexistent. What you do not know is that Chancellor Angela Merkel has set a target concerning electric vehicles and not only. Apparently she hopes to have one million fossil-free vehicles on the German roads by 2020, so both electric and fuel-cell powered cars. Head of the Center of Automotive Research thinks this is a naïve and absurd goal.



Electric cars are way too expensive at the moment and this is why sales are so low. The government will offer subsidies to lower the prices and so increase sales. This is one option considered, but as the next legislative period starts at the end of next year, the subsidies will be late, in case they do get approved. Until now, the German government invested EUR1 billion in federal researches on electric cars and battery technology and also offers a 10-year exemption from vehicles tax for the electric car buyers who purchase their vehicles before the end of 2015.



Unfortunately, different executives from different auto industries have reached the conclusion that the only way to attract a larger number of customers is to offer them direct cash payments. This method was adopted in France and the incentives for hybrid cars have doubles and for electric cars have increased to EUR7.000 from EUR5.000. A more realistic opinion estimates that by 2020 the number of emission-free cars will not exceed 600.000 vehicles, but anything is possible until then.



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