According to the German CAR-Center Automotive Research institute, only 100 individuals have bought an electric car in 2011. In total, less than 1800 electric cars were registered in Germany during the first 11 month of this year and the majority of the cars, ironically, have been registered by the e-car manufacturers for field tests and promotional purposes.
It is way below the expected figure and the Research institute is worried that not enough is being done to encourage acceptance of electric cars in German people.
Germany has always prided themselves as being a green nation and although the green energy has somewhat taken off in the building sector, when it comes to transportation, there are problems. A couple of years ago, the German government set a target of having one million of e-cars on the roads by 2020. With such a miserable uptake rate, this seems very unlikely.
Apparently, the main reason why Germany is underperforming is that the public support programmes are too complex. They forget, however, about other two major factors – high retail price and low range between recharges.
Pic by The Federal Chancellor/Regierungonline/Gebhardt
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