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E-cars and hybrids: why electric vehicles have overtaken gasoline-powered vehicles

Germany always drives more electric: on one shrinking national car market traditional drive types continued to lose ground in the past year, Electric vehicles and other alternative drives, on the other hand, have gained significantly in popularity.

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According to KBA statistics for 2021, the proportion was gasoline-powered cars with 972,588 cars sold and 37.1 percent just as clear below previous year’s level (46.7 percent) like the proportion of Diesel cars (524,446) with 20.0 compared to 28.1 percent. the alternative drive types on the other hand, almost exclusively closed the year 2021 positive sign away: 28.8 percent of all customers lay down altogether 754,588 hybrid vehicles to (+43 percent), 355,961 purely battery-powered electric cars sold (BEV) meant 13.6 percent Market share (+83.3 percent). Of the hybrid cars were 325,449 plug-in hybrids with connector, their share grew by 62.3 percent to now 12.4 percent of all new registrations (for advice on buying electric cars).
Liquid gas cars (10,118 / + 54.6 percent) were represented with a share of 0.4 percent and natural gas-powered cars (3,916 / -45.3 percent) with 0.1 percent in 2021. Positive effect for the environment: The CO2Emissions from cars fell by a further 15.1 percent in 2021, on average to 118.7 grams per kilometer (previous year 139.8 g / km).
Electric charging station charging column

The number of e-cars in Germany is growing rapidly, but the expansion of the charging infrastructure is not keeping up.

Overall were in Germany last year around 2.62 million new cars were registered, Well ten percent less than last year. The Federal Republic has meanwhile moved to China and the USA world’s third largest market for all-electric cars developed. And there is no end in sight – on the contrary: According to a forecast by the management consultancy EY, the proportion of externally chargeable electric cars in Germany could rise to 32 percent this year. And that, although due to the global Lack of chips Long delivery times can also be expected for many e-cars. But the process cannot be stopped: Almost all of the major manufacturers have now developed a strategy for phasing out combustion technology.

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Purchase bonus, tax benefits and leasing

but why are e-cars and plug-in hybrid vehicles so popular in this country?? On the one hand because of the electrical purchase bonus (environmental bonus) of up to 9,000 euros per vehicle. It was confirmed by the new federal government, but modifications were also made at the same time: the requirements for plug-in models were tightened as early as January 1, 2022, from 2023 the CO2 limit will no longer be a funding criterion, so from then on only the minimum range counts.
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Charging connection equals CO2 savings? It’s not that easy, it has to be used often.

There are also other advantages such as tax breaks and a rapidly growing range of e-vehicles. And apart from buying a new one, there are three ways to drive an e-car without financial risk: Rent, car subscription and, above all, the increasingly popular leasing. But this casts a small shadow on the radiant electrical balance sheet. Because even if there are now more private lessees than corporate customers: Many of the leased plug-in hybrids are likely to be company carswhose drivers often travel far and experience has shown that they are more likely to fill up with petrol or diesel thanks to a company’s fuel card, instead of charging the vehicle. Leasing companies repeatedly report hybrid returns whose charging cables are still in their original packaging in the trunk.

Fleet business supports and electrifies

According to a Dataforce study from April 2021, the Corporate and fleet customer business ultimately generally relevant strengthened – and at the same time the Driven forward by electrification. So are meanwhile in the fleet market 25 percent of all vehicles fully or partially electric On the way. According to Dataforce, the most important arguments for purchasing e-vehicles from companies are a Image gain, government funding and the environmental aspect – in this order. But the main reason is that Desires of those entitled to company cars. “They really drive the ‘E’ theme, especially in large fleets – not least because of the extreme ones Tax advantages in payroll“, said the manager Katharina Wolff the branch service autoflotte.de.
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The fleet business supports the car market and accelerates electrification.

New commercial vehicles produce 75 percent of the CO2

An analysis by Transport & Environment (T&E) shows how important commercially registered cars are for the environment. So they are for around three quarters of the CO2 emissions from new cars responsible in Germany. In view of new, stricter climate targets, the environmental association calls on the government to to electrify all new company cars by 2030 at the latest. This would offer “an opportunity to let the market for electric vehicles gain momentum. Because they are moving into the used car market, more electric company cars mean at the same time Millions of affordable electric cars for all drivers“, says T&E Germany Director Stef Cornelis.
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The environmental association T&E is calling for complete electrification of new commercial vehicles by 2030.

Funding encourages companies to purchase PHEV

Like other environmental organizations, T&E often criticized them misleading consumption figures for plug-in hybrids – and thus their lower emission savings. The existing funding for electromobility in Germany encourages companies to buy short-term electric vehicles. 70 percent of the new plug-in hybrids would be commercially approved. The majority are Luxury models and SUVsthat under real conditions four to five times as many emissions eject as indicated. Cornelis: “The government must put an end to the promotion of environmentally harmful hybrid vehicles.” According to a draft by the Federal Ministry of Economics, this should also happen for cars with a short electric range of less than 60 km in October 2020.

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