Survey reveals attitude of German drivers to electric vehicles

January 8, 2019 | 06:57
Younger drivers show higher acceptance of e-mobility. Image: Infineon/Statista.
Younger drivers show higher acceptance of e-mobility. Image: Infineon/Statista.
A survey recently conducted in Germany by the online statistics, market research and business intelligence portal Statista and on behalf of Infineon Technologies AG gives an insight into the population’s attitude to the ownership of electric vehicles. It comes as no surprise that those with higher incomes would consider investing in an electric vehicle. The survey showed that 80% of people aged under 40 approved of electrical vehicles while only 50% of over 60s approved.
 
The willingness to buy an electric car increases with income, regardless of age, 74% of the survey participants who enjoyed a monthly household income of € 4,000 and above showed the greatest willingness to buy an electric vehicle. It is not clear if this vehicle would be used in conjunction with the conventional family gas-guzzler while the current electric-vehicle charging infrastructure and time required to recharge makes them less than ideal for longer journeys. The participants said they would prefer to recharge at home rather than at the roadside or at work. The survey also showed that German drivers would be happy to pay extra for green energy; on the premise that electrical energy costs 4 Euros to run a car for 100 kM participants said they would be willing to pay over 6 Euros for the same amount of power if it had been generated by sustainable energy sources.
 
According to Peter Wawer at Infineon, Germany already generates enough energy from renewable sources to power all passenger transport in Germany: in 2017 it generated a total of 547 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity of which 143 TWh came from solar and wind power. This would be enough to power around 47.7 million vehicles (assuming average annual mileage and 20 kWh per 100 km per vehicle), the total number of cars registered in Germany currently stands at 46.5 million.
The biggest challenge will be to upgrade the capacity of the existing power distribution network (including new renewable energy generators) and to build the national charging-station infrastructure. The online survey was carried out in November 2018 and is based on the replies from 1700 participants.

Source: Infineon
 
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