Germany in 2020 overtook the United States in sales of new electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids (plug-in hybrids). Such data were presented by the Center for Research of Solar and Hydrogen Energy of the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) on Tuesday, March 9.
Last year in Germany, they accounted for about 395 thousand registrations of new vehicles, which is 264 percent more than a year earlier. In the United States, 322,000 such vehicles were registered in 2020. None of the other countries passed the 200,000 threshold. So, in France this figure was 195 thousand, in the United Kingdom - 175 thousand, in Norway - 108 thousand.
China remains the largest market with 1.25 million new electric vehicle registrations in 2020. This is more than a third of the world level (3.18 million). However, the PRC market grew by only 3 percent over the year, while the world market - by 38 percent.
In addition, 2 German companies in the past year were in the TOP-5 manufacturers of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. Concern Volkswagen (422 thousand) took the second place, and BMW (193 thousand) - the fourth line, behind the Chinese state-owned company SAIC. The leader is the American company Tesla, which has produced almost 500 thousand copies.
At the end of 2020, there were 10.9 million plug-in electric vehicles and hybrids worldwide. Almost half (5 million) came from China, 1.77 million from the United States. The total number of such vehicles in Germany is 569,000. Thus, there is still a long way to go before the ambitious goals of the FRG authorities are fulfilled. In order for 7 to 10 million electric vehicles to travel on the roads of the Federal Republic in 2030, it is necessary to register about a million new copies every year, the ZSW noted.