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EVs: Many Germans yet to embrace the concept

Despite several policy initiatives by the German government to promote the use of Electric Vehicles (EVs) – including generous subsidies – a new poll shows that many residents are still not convinced to ditch combustion-engine automobiles.

The Institute for Demoscopy Allensbach – the organization that conducted the survey – said the result showed that many people expected and demanded serious changes in the mobility system, but were still reluctant to face some developments.

Based on the survey, 24 percent of the population consider EVs a necessary purchase, while 31 percent are for hybrid vehicles.

At least 69 percent consider acquisition costs, while 67 percent insist range has an impact on their decision.

Other factors include perceived lack of charging stations (66 percent), long charging times (60 percent) as well as doubts about Environmental compatibility (58 percent).

“When it comes to developing environmentally friendly vehicles, we are technological much further than many people realize. E-cars are still considered short-haul vehicles, which no longer corresponds to reality due to larger and more powerful batteries. The Charging infrastructure is growing in Germany in the private, public and commercial sectors, but is being supported by rated as inadequate by many. An important task in the years to come will be to fill the gap to conclude between technological progress in mobility and acceptance in the population. The requires a joint effort by all those involved.”

Thomas Weber, Vice President Acatech


In view of the strict emission requirements of politics, massive subsidy measures for alternative vehicles, and the increasing focus of manufacturers on e-mobility, reservations about e-mobility have hardly changed.

Renate Köcher, Managing Director of the Institute for Demoscopy Allensbach and Acatech Senator, explains the results of the survey.

“The vast majority are aware that the climate protection measures will change the framework conditions for their mobility. The wishes for how the framework conditions should develop, however, turn out to be significantly different from the expectations. Many fear restrictions, but hope that technological progress and intelligent traffic concepts will provide the solution instead.”

Renate Köcher, MD of Institute for Demoscopy Allensbach

Despite these findings and some months of delay, Germany achieved its set target of having 1 million e-cars on the road by 2020.

So successful has the German policy been that financial firm McKinsey says Europe’s largest economy is on course to overtake China in the production of e-cars by 2022.