Foreign trade in electric vehicles is increasing

Electric car at a charging station, via dts
Electric car at a charging station, via dts
Foreign trade in electric vehicles in Germany is increasing.

Last year, 99.000 new electric vehicles were exported, an increase of 72 percent compared to 2018, announced the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) on Thursday. Meanwhile, the import of new electric vehicles rose from 43.500 in 2018 to 60.400 in 2019 (+39 percent).

However, the effects of the corona pandemic slowed exports noticeably in the first half of 2020, with 41.300 new electric vehicles exported from January to June. In the same period last year there were 52.200 vehicles. Most of the new vehicles were delivered to Norway: in the first half of 2020 that was 10.700 (26 percent of exports) and last year a good 23.100 electric vehicles (23 percent of exports). The situation is different for imports, which were significantly higher from January to June 2020 than in the same period of the previous year. 45.300 electric vehicles were introduced in the first half of 2020 (first half of 2019: 30.200 cars). Germany’s main supplier of electric vehicles is France? almost a quarter of the imported vehicles came from the neighboring country, both in the first half of 2020 and in 2019.