With the electric drive, automobility has probably undergone one of the biggest revolutions of recent decades. In the meantime, there is no longer any question as to whether the near future at least belongs to electrically powered cars. This can be seen not only in road traffic, but also in the actions of individual car manufacturers. This is also the case in Germany. A look at the statistics makes it clear that the production of electric cars in this country rose by a whopping 86 percent last year compared to the previous year. These figures have now been published by the Federal Statistical Office.
A huge increase
When comparing the production figures for 2020 and 2021, it feels more like a whole decade lies between the years. Indeed, while 176,000 e-cars were produced in 2020, a whopping 328,000 were produced in 2021. A look at 2019 underscores this picture once again. In that year, just 89,000 e-cars were produced by the manufacturers. A trend could hardly be clearer. Just as the production figures for so-called BEVs have increased significantly, the number of internal combustion vehicles coming off the production line is shrinking. Here, production volumes fell by 23.3 percent when comparing 2020 with 2021.
Export is becoming increasingly important
In the case of internal combustion vehicles, German automakers were considered the exporters par excellence. In particular, high-priced models from premium manufacturers such as Mercedes, BMW and Audi are well received abroad. This was not the case for electric cars for the time being. But here, too, a clear upward trend can be observed. For example, the export volume in 2021 rose to 300,000 e-cars. Compared to the previous year, this represents growth of 92.4 percent. Just as with the production figures, a clear decline can also be observed in the export figures in the combustion engine segment. Here, the demise of gasoline- or diesel-powered cars is probably being heralded slowly but surely.
France is an electric car pro
With its Renault Zoe, French automaker Renault created one of the first European electric cars for the masses. Accordingly, the inexpensive and chic runabout was also considered the most popular electric car in this country for a while. This is also reflected in the figures of the Federal Statistical Office. Germany imported around 44,000 e-cars from France in 2021. In view of the total number of 292,000 imported electric cars, this is truly remarkable.