High cost, inconvenience, low range and battery issues continue to plague e-vehicles in Germany. Consumers not opting for e-cars.
Currently sales of electric vehicles in Germany have stalled and the country is not even anywhere close to being on the sales trajectory to reach its 15 million vehicles target by 2030. Currently just over 1 million of the 48 million cars on the road are e-cars. Consumers remain skeptical and do not accept e-vehicles as a real alternative to their reliable internal combustion engine cars.
Dr. Olaf Zinke reported at Agrarheute.de 3 reasons that make e-vehicles unattractive for consumers.
No. 1: Price, used car value
Buying a new e-car in Germany means having to shell out between 30,000 to 50,000 euros. “Models in the upper price segment often cost between 80,000 and 100,000 euros, say the experts at the price comparison portal Verivox.
No. 2: Range
Most e-cars need to be recharged every about every 200 km or so, far below the range typically suggested by manufacturers. And as the battery ages, performance declines.
Moreover, Germany’s charging infrastructure still has a long way to go and and so charging can be a real challenge at times. Many homeowners don’t have a charging wall box, and city apartment dwellers often lack parking places with the possibility of charging. This makes e-cars inconvenient to own.
No. 3: low demand for used e-cars
“At the same time, used e-cars are almost unsaleable. Who would buy a used e-car when they can have a petrol car that will serve them well for many years for less money?” reports Zinke.
A regular, used internal combustion engine car is more reliable, quick to refuel and will travel many hundreds of kilometers for much less money.