In the corona pandemic, significantly more people than before prefer to drive their own car. E-cars in particular are increasingly in demand. This is the result of two studies published this weekend.
"87 percent of consumers worldwide prefer to use a private vehicle to travel safely," consultancy capgemini announced after surveying 11.000 consumers with. At the beginning of the pandemic, it was only 57 percent, he said.
78 percent of respondents worldwide "prefer their own vehicle to public transport; in germany, the figure is now 74 percent". 81 percent of respondents want to avoid carpooling because of health concerns. 72 percent said "that they appreciate being able to access their own vehicle at any time more than before the pandemic.".
The proportion of respondents who would like to buy their own car in the next twelve months has risen since april from 25 to 39 percent in germany and from 35 to 46 percent worldwide. Favorable car loans, government grants for electric cars and a post-pandemic economic recovery may drive demand, business consultants say.
A study by the consulting firm pwc strategy& found that e-cars are increasingly in demand in europe. China remains by far the largest market for all-electric vehicles, but sales of them in europe doubled last year, and sales of plug-in hybrids tripled. New models may "also ensure rough sales growth in 2021," said study director christoph sturmer – especially since public and private charging stations are now required.
In the five largest european automotive markets – germany, great britain, france, italy, spain – 466.000 battery cars and 393.000 plug-in hybrids sold – more than half of them in the last quarter. The market share of battery cars rose to 5.5 percent, while the share of plug-in hybrids increased to 4.7 percent.
In china, more than one million all-electric cars were sold, but only just under 250.000 plug-in hybrids sold. This represents an increase of about 15 percent over the previous year and a combined market share of just over 6 percent.
However, manufacturers and dealers in the german automotive market held back on discounts at the beginning of the year. According to the regular evaluation of the duisburg CAR institute, the discounts granted for internet orders in particular did not increase compared to december. For the 30 most popular models, they averaged 18.6 percent of the list price. Battery-electric vehicles were sold at an average discount of 36.3 percent due to high government subsidies.
The value added tax, which has risen again to 19 percent since the beginning of the year, has not been absorbed by new offers. According to the study, the number of own registrations also barely increased. In the coming weeks, some importers in particular were able to offer favorable "house prices" because an above-average number of cars were still registered at the end of the year.