The registration figures for 2022 show that the electric vehicle market is continuing to develop positively. In December in particular, there was a steep upward trend for electric cars.
In 2022, 2.65 million new vehicles were registered in Germany. Almost half of these are equipped with alternative drive systems. A total of 470,559 BEVs hit German roads. This corresponds to a market share of 17.7 percent and growth of 32.2 percent.
Thanks to the alternatively powered vehicles, CO₂ emissions from passenger cars fell by 7.7 percent in 2022, to an average of 109.6 g/km.
In December, a record total of 104,325 electric cars were newly registered, in addition to 69,801 new registrations of plug-in hybrids. The reason for the rapid increase in the last month of the year is the change in the environmental bonus, as from January 2023 the subsidy amounts for battery electric vehicles have been reduced and plug-in hybrids will no longer receive any subsidy at all.
To no surprise, the reduction in purchase premiums for electric cars and the elimination of subsidies for plug-in hybrids are reflected in declining new registrations in January 2023. A total of 18,136 BEVs (10.1 percent) were registered in the first month of the year, resulting in 13.2 percent fewer new electric vehicles in January 2023 compared to the same month last year.