By Sören Amelang | –
( Clean Energy Wire ) – Almost half of all new cars registered in Germany earlier this year were equipped with alternative fuel engines. The share of newly registered battery electric, hybrid, fuel cell, gas and hydrogen cars rose to 44.5 percent in the first quarter, an increase of more than 18 percent compared to the same period last year, the country’s motor transport authority (KBA) said.
Purely battery-electric vehicles (BEV) reached a share of 13.4 percent, an increase of more than 35 percent. Including plug-in hybrids and fuel cell cars, around a quarter of new cars count as electric, according to the government’s classification.
Around 51 percent of new electric vehicles, including plug-ins, were made by German carmakers. The share of newly registered alternative drive Audis rose to almost 71 percent in the company’s fleet, and the respective figures were 66 percent for BMW and 54 percent for Mercedes.