A new survey shows that before electric cars could become an economic success in Germany, several hurdles will have to be crossed.
The survey was carried out by Gartner Inc. during the first six months of 2011. According to the results only a small percentage of Germans will currently consider buying a fully electric car. Apparently these cars simply do not meet consumer's 'ownership requirements'.
The survey shows that the majority of Germans still prefer petrol cars, although a relatively small percentage of them will consider buying a hybrid model. Diesel cars seem to have reached a peak and they are currently at number three on the list, closely followed by gas-powered vehicles. Fully electric cars rank last.
Price seems to be an important hurdle. Nearly 20% of Germans who were interested in an electric car were not prepared to pay a higher price for it. Only 8% of them would be willing to pay a premium of 8,000 Euros or more for the privilege of driving an electric car.
The vice president of Gartner, Thilo Koslowski, said that the majority of Germans realised that electric cars would benefit the environment. Before they were, however, prepared to pay for such a car, it would have to meet their requirements in terms of cost savings and practical usability.
Gartner wants the German government to invest more in the development of battery technology and also in the development of other 'green' car technologies.
Author - Louise Hutchinson
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