- Overall positive development
- The topic of electric vehicles has arrived in the middle of the company
The majority of Germans (59 percent) can not yet introduce the purchase of an electric car in the future. This is one of the central results of the Continental Mobility Study 2020. In cooperation with the Social Research Institute of Infas, population representative groups of people in France, USA, Japan, China and Germany were interviewed for this. Above all, respondents complain about a lack of charging stations and the small ranges compared to petrol or diesel vehicles. Remedy and thus a higher acceptance could, according to Continental Board member Helmut Matschi, bring a better networking of E-vehicles.
Also in France (57 percent) and the USA (50 percent), at least half of the population is not yet in an electric car. In Japan (46 percent), the proportion is only insignificantly below. Compared with the surveyed Chinese – which can be imagined at 88 percent, in the near future, a pure electric car to emerge – Americans are not quite so euphoric, but significantly more positive than German, French and Japanese.
According to the study, there are still many doubts about E cars: missing charging stations are in four of the five countries studied the most important reason for people against electric driving. Only in France is the price that scares most people. Internationally distributed evenly, the four most important arguments of the electrosceptic: low availability of charging stations, short range, forced charging breaks for longer trips and the high price compared to carts with internal combustion engines.
“Really attractive is the electromobility with intelligent networking,” says Continental Board Matschi. “Especially with the range, networking is an essential solution for more acceptance among the car riders. It is properly networked from the already classic charging column search finding the most efficient route.”High-performance computers (HPC), which are used, among other things, in the electric series ID of Volkswagen, network electric vehicles in a variety of ways with their environment – and deliver the drivers such as fast information about the nearest charging stations.
Overall positive development
But overall, a positive development is to be recognized: Since 2013, the share of car owners who express a purchase intent for a pure electricity, in the USA (+28 percentage points), China (+27 percentage points) and Germany (+18 percentage points) increased significantly. In France (+ 3 percentage points) and Japan (+1 percentage point), however, only a small increase can be determined.
“The figures show that Continental sets the right future card with its offer for electromobility,” says Matschi, in the Management Board of Continental responsible for Vehicle Networking and Information. “And at the same time, it becomes clear that manufacturers and suppliers seriously seriously take care of the consumer and consumer consumer reservations relatively entitled to electromobility, the technique should create the wide breakthrough on the market,” adds Matschi.
It is tried in all investigated countries to direct the buyers in the direction of alternative drives through monetary and other incentives from the political side. So there is purchase bonuses for electric vehicles in all five countries. In Germany, these were increased as part of the economic power to relieving corona episodes for the economy; Also in China, the actually expiring buying bonuses were extended. In Japan, politics also contributes to the manufacturers and pays innovation premiums for range enhancements. The charging infrastructure is also expanded in all countries studied.
The fear of inadequate range is another central argument against the purchase of an electric car – while most people can handle their everyday mobility easily electrically, as short distances are driven and at home or at work as well as public places – So where longer service life is common – increasingly charging options are available.
There are other obstacles that can not be solved by technological developments alone. In Germany, one third of the people indicates that an electric car does not respond to them because citizens doubt that technology is environmentally friendly. In France, this is indicated by a quarter of the people. Quite different in the other three comparison countries: Here it is only between 11 percent in the US and one percent in Japan who doubt the environmental friendliness of the Stromer.
The topic of electric vehicles has arrived in the middle of the company
The topic of electromobility was already a focus of the mobility study in 2011; In 2013, the settings on this topic were also queried. A decade later, the time has come again for an investigation. How do people in leading industrialized countries of three continents today look at electromobility today? It’s worth the topic of alternative drives – especially battery-powered vehicles – in focus.
There are several reasons for this: On the one hand, the dissemination of the electrically operated vehicles has remained significantly behind the expectations that had been formulated in recent years. On the other hand, the topic of ecological sustainability has been permanently adopted in recent years in the social and political mainstream, for many companies it has become a central pillar of the business model from the Nice-to-Have.
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