In May, 54,042 new electric vehicles were registered in Germany. At 337 percent, the increase was particularly high, partly due to the rather weak month in the previous year. In the first five months, 247,763 new electric vehicles hit the roads. The number more than tripled compared with the same period last year (up 230 percent). They account for 22 percent of the total market. This included 115,296 battery-powered electric cars (up 219 percent) and 132,257 plug-in hybrids (up 241 percent).

Reinhard Zirpel, President of the Association of International Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (VDIK), emphasized: “Electric vehicles are becoming increasingly popular among German car buyers. Since the beginning of the year, more than every fifth new car is an e-vehicle. In order not to jeopardize this success, the Federal Government should now confirm the announced extension of the innovation premium in the corresponding ordinance as soon as possible.”

The VDIK regularly updates the list of electric vehicles from international manufacturers. The VDIK member companies currently offer around 120 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 five months. There were 428,408 new electric cars, hybrids with and without plugs, mild hybrids and gas passenger cars registered. That’s an increase of 154 percent. In May, 92,321 new vehicles with alternative powertrains were registered (up 218 percent). It should be noted that hybrids include a growing number of mild hybrids that cannot drive fully electric. 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 five months, they accounted for 38.4 percent of the total market. Gasoline engines also accounted for 38.4 percent. Less than one in four new cars is a diesel (23.3 percent).

May January – May
+/- (%) +/- (%) Share of total car market
BEV 26,786 380 115,296 219
27,222 303 132,257 241
PHEV – Petrol 25,944 322 121,820 252
PHEV – Diesel 1,278 111 10,432 151
FCEV 34 31 210 94
Electric Vehicles (total) 54,042 337 247,763 230 22
37,145 131 175,577 95
HEV – Petrol 23,547 117 109,750 86
HEV – Diesel 13,597 160 65,825 111
CNG 516 37 2,121 -24
LPG 618 209 2,947 419
Alternative Drivetrains (total) 92,321 218 428,408 154 38.4
Petrol 86,855 1 428,512 -15 38.4
Diesel 51,456 -3 259,814 -18 23.3

Source: KBA, VDIK


Elektrofahrzeuge: BEV, PHEV und FCEV
BEV, Batterieelektrisches Fahrzeug, engl: Battery Electric Vehicle
PHEV, Plug-In-Hybrid, engl: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle
FCEV, Brennstoffzellenfahrzeug / Wasserstofffahrzeug, engl.: Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle
HEV, Hybride ohne Stecker bzw. nicht aufladbar, engl.: Hybrid Electric Vehicle
CNG, Gasförmiges Erdgas, engl: Compressed Natural Gas
LPG, Flüssiggas bzw. Autogas, engl: Liquified Petroleum Gas

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