According to the Federal Motor Transport Authority, exactly 11,410 purely
electrically driven cars were registered in Germany in 2016, which is down by
7.8% on 2015.
Commercial and public-sector car buyers account for the bulk of
these registrations. This is more than disappointing, given the EUR 4,000
buyers’ incentive for electric vehicles that was introduced in spring 2016 – half
of which is paid by the German government and half by the automotive industry.
Hybrids are faring better: in 2016, a total of 47,996 new hybrids, including plug-
in hybrids, were registered in Germany, up by 42.7% on 2015.
The buyers’incentive for plug-in hybrids, also introduced last year, is EUR 3,000.