Every tenth buyer wants an electric car: the trend is towards the small “city tank”

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Despite the climate debate, many car buyers in Germany still opt for an off-road vehicle. According to a study, this doesn’t make much of a difference: SUVs have become smaller and “normal” cars have become larger. As a consolation: not only size matters. Interest in electric cars is also growing.

According to a survey, electronic cars are becoming increasingly popular among German drivers. Currently, 11 percent of those interested in buying want to buy a purely electric car. This was determined by the YouGov survey institute on behalf of the Check24 comparison portal. That was four percentage points more than in the previous electric car survey just under a year ago, as Check24 announced in Munich.

Hybrid cars are also becoming more popular: currently 13 percent of potential car buyers want to buy a car with a combined petrol and electric drive, compared to 10 percent in August 2019. Car manufacturers are adapting to change. The new head of VW Passenger Cars, Ralf Brandstätter, emphasized in front of employees that they wanted to hybridize almost the entire product range in addition to the expansion of electric cars, as the “Automobilwoche” reported.

According to the survey, the lavish government subsidy for electric cars of up to 9,000 euros hardly plays a role. Just under three quarters – 73 percent – of consumers said that the premium had no impact on their plans. And overall, almost 60 percent still prefer a car with a gasoline or diesel engine. The pollsters have not determined why, but the usual objections to electric cars are high prices and low ranges.

Regarding insurance costs, there is no general statement according to Check24, some models are more expensive to insure than similar cars with a conventional engine, others cheaper. “Motor insurance for electric cars is not fundamentally cheaper or more expensive than for comparable combustion engines,” said Tobias Stuber, the managing director of motor insurance for the Munich company.

Study: SUVs and other cars are approaching

The trend towards heavy urban SUVs in Germany has continued in spite of the climate debate. In the first half of the year, the market share was 34.1 percent. As a study by the Duisburg CAR Center shows, the weight and dimensions of newly registered SUVs and other cars have now come closer. According to the study, the SUVs are only 4 centimeters wider, 3 centimeters longer and 159 kilograms heavier than the rest of the fleet. In the past there were differences of up to 10 centimeters in width, 30 centimeters in length and almost 600 kilograms in weight.

The “relative shrinking” of the SUV has two effects, according to the study, which is available from ntv.de. “First, the average car today is 34.1 percent SUV. In 1990, that was 2.2 percent.” Means: Basically, “normal” cars get bigger and heavier every year. “Secondly, more and more SUVs in small and compact format are coming onto the market at the same time. Thick ships are no longer so heavy.” The average width of the new SUV has decreased – unlike “normal” cars – since 2007. “We should get rid of our prejudices about the body shape of the SUV,” concludes study director Ferdinand Dudenhöffer. “SUV is no longer SUV, SUV is more and more normal.”

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