One million electric vehicles run on German roads

2021/08/02 at 12:41 PM

Germany has set a historic milestone in introducing zero-emission cars. Currently, there are 1 million electric vehicles running on the country’s roads. By 2030 the number should be increased fourteenfold to meet the goals of the European Green Deal.

In July the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) has registered around 57,000 new electric vehicles in Germany. This allowed the European country to show the record result at 1 million cars. “One million electric vehicles is a first, important goal… In order to achieve the climate targets by 2030, however, we have to become even more ambitious: According to experts, the new target must be 14 million e-vehicles by 2030,” said Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer.

Among the one million electric vehicles, KBA counts 54 per cent fully electric units and 46 per cent plug-in hybrids. The German government intends to increase the number of commercial vehicles and buses powered by batteries. “That is why we primarily support the expansion of the charging infrastructure – in the public as well as in the private sector,” the minister added. 30,000 publicly accessible charging points will appear in Germany in the coming years. This programme, which is valued at 500 million euros, will start shortly.

Previous records

The spread of electric vehicles in Germany has made a significant leap forward since mid-2020. The second half of 2020 and the first seven months of 2021 alone were marked by new records for monthly new registrations with more than 350,000 electric cars. Almost the quantity of new electric vehicles was registered in the whole of 2020. As of today, there is around 60 per cent more electric vehicles on German roads than at the end of 2020.

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