Small e-cars: in high demand – hardly built

Small e-cars: in high demand - hardly built-high

Environmentalists have been criticizing a less sustainable trend for years: Similar to petrol and diesel engines before them, e-cars are also getting bigger, stronger and heavier. In return, small streamers have a hard time. Although they would be ideally suited for inner cities, and at the same time the current subsidy of 9570 euros would have a particularly strong impact – but the offer is moderate and often outdated.

Among the battery-electric top sellers in 2021 (up to and including November) are the VW e-Up (2nd place), the Smart Fortwo (6th place) and the Fiat 500 (9th place). That reports “” with reference to an analysis by the industry service “”. According to the definition of the EU, these three belong to the micro cars. If you include small cars, Renault Zoe, Hyundai Kona and BMW i3 make it onto the list of the top ten.

But appearances are deceptive. Manufacturers are increasingly thinning out their range. VW has canceled the e-Up, the identical models Skoda Citigo and Seat Mii as well as the Smart Fortwo and the BMW i3 are also discontinued. Successors are currently not in sight. The ID.1 will probably not come before 2025. In addition, the manufacturers in this segment offer outdated models that no longer meet the current level of security, according to “zeit.en”.

Reference is made to Dacia Spring and Renault Zoe, which would only have achieved one out of five possible stars in the Euro NCAP crash test. Instead, in 2022, the models listed under the “compact SUV” label, such as the VW ID.5, Audi Q6 e-tron, Genesis GV60 or Kia EV6 are said to be booming. The Tesla Model Y produced in Germany and the successor to the Mercedes EQC would also be added. An electrician car is not in sight.

The main reason is the money. For larger cars, the returns are higher, the returns. For small cars, on the other hand, manufacturers would have to come to the profit zone because of the small margins over the volume, car expert Ferdinand DudenhOffer is quoted. From the point of view of companies, it is therefore economically reasonable to start in particularly coveted segments. With a reason there are the regulations of the EU. E-cars apply completely independently of size and weight as an emission-free and so there is no incentive for the manufacturers, even smaller vehicles to take. To change this, would prioritize a political decision. But that is currently not expected.

Although there are whispers about a battery panda based on the Fiat 500, an electric version of the Toyota Aygo is not out of the question either – but there are no official confirmations or even dates. Actually sold, about 8000 euros expensive Opel Rocks-E, but because the bonsai flash is not a car, he has to do without promotion. Again, politics would be asked.

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10 thoughts on “Small e-cars: in high demand – hardly built”

  1. There you will probably have to wait for a provider that makes with BEV already the highest profits per selled vehicle &# 128578;

  2. Of course, it is also about margins, but there are other relevant factors.
    Domestic cars of the past (t) are often from the existing parts shelf of a group whose development costs are long-term in otherwise refinanced and / or amortized. A FIAT 500 1.2 8V POP (CA. 12.000 € street price) from 2009 had the (very) old FIRE engine, which was already 30 years old and was only restricted to Euro4 via the injection control (later further restricted to Euro 5). That is why the fuel-saving effect for the smallest (e.g.B. compared to the compact class) also always significantly lower than it could have been due to the size and weight difference (and of course because 60% of the input fuel energy is burned anyway). the 1st.2 8V Fire engine consumes approx. 0.5 liters more than a 1.0TSI in the 2020 Polo (but the Polo is larger and slightly heavier).
    Such already refinanced and/or written-off shelf parts do not yet exist in e-cars. The triplets UpMiGo, the Smart/Twingo (and also the Zoe => Clio) are based on an established, fully developed combustion engine platform whose development costs have been written off and/or have already been refinanced through combustion engine sales.
    If you were to develop and price everything from scratch: How good would a newly designed micro electric car for 30.000 euros arrive? Everyone would say “too expensive for the size”. VW has it with the Golf class ID.3 done differently. Result: whining about plastic desert and missing buttons.

  3. @Powerwall Thorsten:
    Then other players will enter the market very soon!
    I predict from 2022 – so already this year .. 🙂

  4. In my environment and for me there is not something missing between Opel Rocks-e and Dacia Spring, but a real car; something like the Renault Zoe – but a little more up-to-date. Or maybe like a VW T-Cross a Renault Captur or an Opel Crossland. But please not more than 180cm wide and with a turning circle under 11m. Range is important, trunk too, acceleration is not, resp. always enough with an electric vehicle. A vehicle with which you can go anywhere, but also like driving into a city and into a parking garage.

  5. I think less that with a big SUV much is earned itself, it is rather the many extras with which the manufacturers make the big money. At a 60.000 euros expensive SUV leave more like 10.So sell 000 euros in extras for a 20.000 euros expensive small car.

    A court case had made it known that Porsche paid 10.000 euros surcharge, although the aluminum wheels were only purchased for 1.had cost 000 euros.

    For small electric cars I only see opportunities when the cities drastically reduce their wide streets for pedestrians and cyclists, so that the big cars in the city increasingly have space problems. Then the manufacturers will also offer a large selection of small and cheap e-cars.

    With the increasing number of bicycle lanes in the future, encounter traffic with cars and the risk of a serious accident will drop significantly, so that covered pedelecs are increasingly being used as a car replacement in urban and peri-urban areas, which are also very resource-saving.


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