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Electric cars up significantly in September

In September 2021, 56,535 new electric vehicles were registered, an increase of 37 percent. In the first nine months, new electric registrations were up 134 percent year-on-year to 478,071 units. This included 236,695 battery-powered electric cars (up 141 percent) and 241,042 plug-in hybrids (up 128 percent). They accounted for 24 percent of the total market (up from 10 percent in the same period last year).

Reinhard Zirpel, President of the Association of International Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (VDIK), emphasized: “In the first three quarters, every fourth new car had an electric drive. The financial support and the further growing range of models ensure that customers are becoming increasingly interested in electric cars. In order to ensure planning security for buyers and the trade, the amended Environmental Bonus Directive should therefore now be put into effect as soon as possible.”

The VDIK regularly updates the list of electric vehicles from international manufacturers. The VDIK member companies currently offer around 140 electric models (including passenger cars and commercial vehicles) that customers can order in Germany. The VDIK electric list can be accessed here.

Demand for vehicles with alternative drives overall also increased in the first nine months of 2021. There were 821,562 new electric cars, hybrids with and without plugs, mild hybrids and gas passenger cars registered. That’s a 96 percent increase. In September, 94,948 new vehicles with alternative powertrains were registered (up 24 percent). It should be noted that hybrids include a growing number of mild hybrids that cannot run on full electric power. It is not yet statistically possible to distinguish between full and mild hybrids.

In the overall passenger car market, the balance continues to shift toward alternative drive systems. In the first nine months, they accounted for 41 percent of the total market. Pure gasoline engines accounted for 38 percent and pure diesels for 21 percent.

September January-September
+/- (%) +/- (%) Share of total car market
BEV 33,655 59 236,695 141
PHEV
including:
22,842 13 241,042 128
PHEV – Petrol 20,878 18 224,093 135
PHEV – Diesel 1,963 -17 16,962 61
FCEV 38 0 334 39
Electric Vehicles (total) 56,535 37 478,071 134 24
HEV
including:
37,317 10 334,008 62
HEV – Petrol 28,209 16 219,744 59
HEV – Diesel 9,108 -4 144,258 68
CNG 190 -69 3,262 -43
LPG 906 12 6,221 90
Alternative Drivetrains (total) 94,948 24 821,562 96 41
Petrol 70,688 -41 769,341 -14 38
Diesel 31,336 -54 426,658 -21 21