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2012 (Full Year) Germany: Electric and Hybrid Car Sales

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Electric cars and hybrid vehicles continue to grow in popularity in Germany but in 2012 low-emission cars still take only one percent of the total German car market.

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Electric and hybrid vehicle sales in Germany continue to grow in 2012 but overall numbers still remain dismally low compared to the total new passenger vehicle market. In 2008, Germany set the target of having a million electric cars on the road by the year 2020 but industry watchers seriously doubt that figure will be achieved even given the large number of electric cars that German and other carmakers are planning to launch in the next few years.

Electric and Hybrid Car Sales in Germany in 2012

According to new passenger vehicle registration details released by the KBA, sales of electric and hybrid cars in Germany are as follows:

2012:

Electric

Hybrid

January

209

857

February

175

992

March

310

2,171

April

248

1,238

May

219

1,463

June

258

2,511

July

178

2,141

August

247

1,997

September

179

2,401

October

364

2,358

November

308

1,880

December

261

1,429

Year to Date

2,956

21438

2011 (Full Year)

2,154

12,622

Although both electric and hybrid vehicle sales have risen since 2011, many will be disappointed by not only the low numbers, but the relative slow increase in sales too. Hybrid cars during the first eight months of 2012 exceed the total for 2011, but electric cars are due to only overtake the 2011 total during October 2012.

In comparison, the total German car market in 2012 was 3,082,504 new passenger vehicle registrations.

The best-selling electric car in Germany in 2012 was the Smart Fortwo – see Best-Selling Electric Cars in Germany 2012 and Best-Selling Hybrid Cars in Germany in 2012 for lists of the most popular models.

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