Munich (dpa) - According to a new survey, the popularity of electric cars among German drivers is increasing. Currently, 11 percent of those interested in buying a car want to buy a purely electric car. This was determined by the YouGov survey institute on behalf of the Check24 comparison portal. That was four percentage points more than in the previous electric car survey less than a year ago, as Check24 announced.

Hybrid cars are also becoming more popular: Currently, 13 percent of potential car buyers want to buy a car with a combined petrol and electric drive, compared to 10 percent in August 2019. Car manufacturers are adapting to change. The new head of VW Passenger Cars, Ralf Brandstätter, emphasized in front of employees, for example, that they wanted to hybridize almost the entire product range in addition to the expansion of electric cars, as the “Automobilwoche” reported.

Purchase bonus has little impact

The lush government subsidy for electric cars of up to 9,000 euros hardly plays a role, according to the survey. Just under three quarters - 73 percent - of consumers said that the premium had no impact on their plans. And overall, almost 60 percent still prefer a car with a gasoline or diesel engine. The pollsters have not determined why, but the usual objections to electric cars are high prices and low ranges.

Regarding insurance costs, there is no general statement according to Check24, some models are more expensive to insure than similar cars with a conventional engine, others cheaper. "Motor insurance for electric cars is not fundamentally cheaper or more expensive than for comparable combustion engines," said Tobias Stuber, the managing director of motor insurance for the Munich company.

Despite the climate debate, the trend towards heavy city SUVs in Germany has recently remained unbroken. However, the essential dimensions of the vehicle type, which is particularly controversial in the metropolitan areas, has increasingly come closer to that of the other new cars, as a recent study by the Duisburg CAR Center shows. According to this, the SUVs newly registered in the first half of the year, with a market share of 34.1 percent in width, length and weight, differ little from other new cars. The “Welt am Sonntag” had previously reported on the study.

Cars are getting bigger and heavier

After evaluating the new registrations, the SUVs are on average 4 centimeters wider, 3 centimeters longer and 159 kilograms heavier than the rest of the fleet, according to the research facility. In the past, the values ​​gaped by up to 10 centimeters in width, 30 centimeters in length and almost 600 kilograms in weight. Basically, the cars are getting bigger and heavier from year to year.

Study director Ferdinand Dudenhöffer attributes the adjustment to the trend that more and more SUVs are being launched in small and compact format. However, the social discussion about the danger of so-called city armor is shaped by a few «thick ships» that are around 2 meters wide and around 5 meters long. The premium manufacturers would need these models for the US and China markets, but if they have acceptance problems in this country, the auto expert warned.

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