TÜV Rheinland Survey Shows High Interest in Electric Cars – RWE Introduces First Electric Serial Cars

54% of the 1,000 participants of a TÜV Rheinland survey said they would consider buying an electric car within the next five years.

The study showed that potential customers viewed the following aspects as the greatest limitations of electric cars: long charging time of batteries (36%), limited range (29%), limited top speed of 120 km/h (17%). Besides, four out five participants did not believe that Germans were willing to pay a higher price for electric cars for ecological reasons. Hence, three-quarters said they supported state funding for the market introduction.

Regarding the brand, 25% of the participants said they wanted to buy an electric car by Volkswagen. The runner-up was Toyota (15 %), while BMW, Mercedes and Opel were each considered by  8,1 %  of the participants. Electromobility has a positive image, but many Germans are still waiting for an electric version of the Volkswagen Golf, Dr. Thomas Aubel of TÜV Rheinland summed up the results. The upcoming mass market introduction of electric cars by manufacturers like Mitsubishi and Nissan had not yet been largely noticed by Germans, the press release said.  There was the need for better communication. This also applied for information on electric cars in general. Only 21% felt well informed about electric cars and the current development status, 48% felt moderately and 31% poorly informed.

Meanwhile RWE announced that it will make the first electrical serial cars available. Customers can reserve an „e-Drive“ package with Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Citroën C-Zero or Peugeot iOn including RWE charging infrastructure and guaranteed renewable energy at rwe-mobility.com. RWE already operates 500 public charging stations nationwide. Until the end of the year, the number shall rise to 1,000.

Source: TÜVRheinland, RWE AG,

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