Germany Sees Record Growth in Electric Vehicles

02.05.2017
BMW i3 at charging station in Munich, Germany (Photo: iStock)
BMW i3 at charging station in Munich, Germany (Photo: iStock)

A total of 11,624 electric vehicles were newly registered in Germany in the first quarter of 2017, including 5,060 purely battery-powered cars and 5,264 hybrids with an added combustion engine. This record growth marks a milestone for domestic e-mobility: It is the highest number of electric vehicles ever registered in a single quarter in Germany. The Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Wuerttemberg (ZSW) is now posting and regularly updating this type of data on its website to track the development of e-mobility and renewable energies.

The Stuttgart-based institute publishes the latest e-mobility statistics at www.zsw-bw.de/data-service, including national and international vehicle counts and the numbers for newly registered battery-operated cars and other e-vehicles. These data afford insight into the state of electricity-driven mobility in Germany and selected countries. The website's data service pages also furnish details such as sales figures for various models. The vehicle counts for the fleet underway on German roads are updated monthly.

ZSW's experts have also teamed up with the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) to compile and present in easy-to-read tables the latest figures on electrical power generated from various regenerative energy sources. The numbers extend back to 2013 and are updated monthly. These timelines enable readers to discern, at a glance, trends and tendencies in the development of renewable electric power.

"With our data service, we want to provide an up-to-date, solid information base to the media, policymakers, associations and all interested citizens," says Maike Schmidt, an economic engineer who heads up ZSW's Systems Analysis department. She added that the data offering is to be expanded in the future.

One of the most important tasks of ZSW's Systems Analysis team is to track and assess the progress of the Energiewende, Germany's exit from nuclear power and fossil fuels and transition to renewables. Its scientists have a sound source of information to draw on—a database that has been maintained and extended over decades. The team is adept at collecting, evaluating, and processing data to answer a wide range of questions and afford various actors insight into these developments. A wide range of clients—research institutes, trade associations, businesses and, above all, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy—call on its services.

Source: ZSW

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