Electromobility: Germans more sceptical than most Europeans


  • Only seven percent of Germans believe there will be more electric vehicles than petrol or diesel cars on German roads in the next five years
  • Populations of other European countries are notably more optimistic

In a Europe-wide comparison, Germany boasts the highest number of sceptics regarding the new age of mobility: One third of Germans believe there will never be more electric vehicles than petrol or diesel cars on our roads. What’s more, when asked when there will be more electric vehicles than petrol or diesel cars on the roads, only seven percent of those surveyed in Germany could envision the shift within the next five years, and 13 percent within the next ten years. This was revealed by a current representative survey carried out by E.ON and KantarEMNID.

The results are surprising primarily because huge progress has been made over the last few years and is still being made in terms of both charging infrastructure and the diversity, maximum range and price of the vehicles on offer. According to information from the German National Platform for Electromobility, the number of models is set to triple by 2020. Likewise, the expansion of charging infrastructure is also progressing rapidly: Data from the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) reveals that there were more than 16,000 charging points in Germany at the end of 2018. More than 6,000 – and therefore more than a third of all these charging points – can be used by E.ON Drive customers for charging their vehicles.

In southern Europe in particular, people take a much more positive view on the breakthrough in electromobility: Hence, 43 percent of those surveyed in Turkey are convinced that there will be more electric vehicles on the roads than petrol and diesel cars within the next ten years, while in Italy, 37 percent expect that to be the case. Meanwhile, the most negative views on the timeline for the new age of mobility can be found in Eastern Europe. In the Czech Republic only 15 percent of those questioned expect to see a breakthrough in electromobility in the next ten years, while in Hungary the figure is just 14 percent.

Karsten Wildberger, member of E.ON’s management board, emphasizes: “In order to achieve the ambitious goals associated with the energy transition, a holistic approach is required for e-mobility. With its technical and network competency, the energy industry has a key role to play here. Combined with innovative offers from the automotive industry and government start-up support, we can turn Germany into a driving force in this arena.”

The survey results are part of the “Living in Europe” study, for which E.ON and Kantar EMNID questioned around 10,000 people in the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Sweden, Turkey and the UK.

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