Bad news for the acceptance of electric cars in Germany as new survey finds results “astonishing”.
German online weekly FOCUS reports according to several Allensbach surveys that although there is a strong interest in environmentally friendly mobility among people, they don’t view electric cars as being particularly practical, let alone green.
Tesla e-car. Image: Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0–
E-car “out of the question”
Fifty five percent, a majority, said the purchase of an electric car is out of the question. and only 29 percent can imagine buying an electric car in principle.
The cold wintry weather last February led to a drop in enthusiasm for electric mobility among German motorists because the wintry weather “apparently led to a critical debate about the performance of e-cars”.
Only 9 percent show genuine interest
“Only nine percent of those surveyed could imagine purchasing an e-car in the the next three years,” FOCUS reports. “The acceptance of electric mobility is much more pronounced among younger people than among the middle-aged and older citizens who have more purchasing power.” This does not bode well for the electric car market.
Battery production and recycling: e-vehicles don’t appear all that green
Another problem is that many Germans have stopped believing that electric cars are really that green. Significantly more than half of the German citizens have concerns about electric cars’ environmental friendliness.
“Even 57 percent of Green Party supporters express doubts about the environmental friendliness of electric cars,” FOCUS reveals. Only the right wing AfD supporters are more critical.
Fraught with major drawbacks
The Allensbach opinion research institute called the results of the survey “astonishing”.
The other major drawbacks of electric cars, FOCUS reports, are the lack of charging stations, low distance range and high purchase price.
The survey was conducted in the state of Lower Saxony, where a large number of citizens rely heavily on the automobile as a means of mobility.
“Around half of them use their car every day, three quarters at least several times a week,” FOCUS reports. “For 91 percent of Lower Saxons who use the car more often, the car is indispensable or difficult to do without.”
10 responses to “Electric Cars Lose Attraction Among Germans…Results Of New Allensbach Survey “Astonishing””
The transition from horse-drawn transportation to
combustion engines offered great advantages to individuals.
EVs offer, mostly, disadvantages.
Or, maybe I’ve missed the memo.
Perhaps it’s time for a Manhattan Project for super-capacitors and quantum generators.
We know Toomen supercaps can achieve ~260 Wh/kg energy density right now (that’s about on par with a Li-Ion battery), imagine what a concerted research effort could achieve.
On top of that, super-caps can be charged and discharged upwards of a million times… so they’d outlast the life of the vehicle.
On top of that, super-caps can be charged in minutes, rather than hours for batteries.
And we know quantum generators work… working laboratory models have been built. Heck, I’m experimenting with a new concept for one of those working laboratory models myself.
That’d give us light, powerful and environmentally-friendly vehicles that, if driven within the generating capacity of the quantum generator, would never need to be charged, and thus would quite literally be zero pollution vehicles.
Get rid of the batteries and you get rid of a lot of the environmental devastation from building the electric cars.
Fast charging of energy storage devices is obviously good. However for those who do most of their charging at home it may not be important. For this class of user the rate at which energy can be delivered to your home will be the limiting factor.
“The acceptance of electric mobility is much more pronounced among younger people than among the middle-aged and older citizens who have more purchasing power.”
This is the difference between spending other people’s or theoretical money and spending money that you’ve earned the hard way. Take note, politicians.
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The battery remains an insurmountable obstacle. The energy density is too low, the weight and the cost too high, the recharging time way too long, vulnerability to cold too high. EVs are really just toys for rich Angelenos and San Franciscans driving around town in nice weather in search of somewhere new to eat. Then to the beach and back home.
Energy density is too low …. except when ur tesla spontaneously combusts in your laneway and then E density is way too high 😉 https://driving.ca/tesla/auto-news/news/tesla-owner-whose-car-burnt-in-driveway-cant-get-answers-from-automaker
How about micro-nuclear? Can a chain reaction fit under the hood?
With full cognisance of the double meaning:
Wir halten halten halten auf der Autobahn
And by a quirk of the universe a small dirty piece of paper followed Arthur Dent out from the wormhole connecting him to the Earth date 2036, and he noticed it had writing on it …
Very roughly decoding revealed it to be —
Heinrich III von Saxe-Hildburghausen geschrieben von William Schüttelnden-Speer
Prinz Heinrich: Eine Batterie, eine Batterie! Mein Königreich für eine Batterie!
Xi Jinping: Zieh eitern, mein Herr: Ich helfe dir, eine Batterie zu kaufen.
Prinz Heinrich: Sklave! Ich habe mein Leben auf eine Ladung gesetzt,
Und ich werde nicht tolerieren, dass solche unverschämten Zellen sterben,
Ich denke, es gibt ein Schnellladegerät in Reinholtz’ Feld;
Aber eine Linie von fünfundfünfzig Dolten habe ich vor ihm.
Eine Batterie, eine Batterie! Mein Königreich für eine Batterie!
A quick translation scan through the ‘Hitch-Hiker’s Guide’ approximately shows it to be written by William Shaking-Spear and was called something like Henry III of Saxe-Hildburghausen and approximately goes like this …
Prince Heinrich: A battery, a battery! My kingdom for a battery!
Xi Jinping: Withdraw, my lord: I’ll help you to buy a battery.
Prince Heinrich: Slave! I have set my life upon a charge,
And I will not tolerate such impudent cells to die,
I think there a quick-charger in Reinholtz’s field;
But a line of fifty-five dolts have I before him.
A battery, a battery! My kingdom for a battery!
This translation is now very much in dispute as Arthur now sadly knows, and is still proceeding through it’s eighth year in newly formed ‘One World Government’s horrendously complex and bureaucratic ‘One World Court System’. Apparently the 96 judges still can not all make it to the first virtual hearing to swear in the 414 virtual witnesses and necessary 1.8775 million jury members!
Supreme Judge, his Eminarsence, Michael Mann reportedly said that there is modeled evidence that this will cause the next climate crisis.