Hannover / Stuttgart (dpa) - Electric cars and autonomous driving have a tough time in Germany. Many people are still skeptical about the two technologies of the future, as a survey conducted by the consulting firm EY shortly before the IAA in Frankfurt revealed.
It turns out that above all three classic problems further reduce consumer interest: reach, costs, charging network.
A clear majority of 2,500 adults surveyed find e-vehicles impractical and overpriced. Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of respondents said Stromer is currently not an option for them. 28 percent cite a too short range of current models as the main reason, 27 percent the comparatively high purchase price, 13 percent the still thin charging network and 11 percent the long charging times. A consequence: More than half (53 percent) want to get the next car a gasoline or diesel.
Meanwhile, just over a quarter (26 percent) of respondents said that finding electric cars interesting and even wanting to drive one themselves. 22 percent could make friends with a hybrid car, only 9 percent with a pure e-car.
Without larger market shares for electric vehicles, the EU's stricter climate protection goals - especially with the simultaneous ongoing boom of heavy SUVs - can not be sustained. Despite state funding and purchase premiums, however, the technology in Germany is still on the verge of a niche existence. EY car expert Peter Fuss criticized: "Manufacturers and politicians have so far failed to convey the added value of e-mobility to the majority of car buyers." In particular, the poor infrastructure for alternative propulsion is a problem.
So far, it has not looked much better for autonomous driving, which many people encounter with mixed feelings because of safety concerns, ethical issues or liability risks. Almost half (49 percent) of respondents to EY do not want to sit in a fully autonomous car.
Semi-autonomous vehicles, in which the driver can still decide in certain situations, reject 30 percent. According to EY, the low level of acceptance plays a role in "some - even fatal - accidents". Younger people answered, however, that they were open to electric and autonomous cars.