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Alternative drives: Still no rethinking in sight

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N after a report by the Center Automotive Research (CAR) at the University of Duisburg-Essen, from January to February 2012 only 4,248 of a total of 434,493 newly registered cars were offered with alternatives Drives approved. 'It seems as if alternative drives were made for automobile shows rather than for the market,' says Ferdinand Dudenhöffer, head of the institute. The mark of 32,233 newly registered vehicles with alternative drives, which was reached in 2008, is still unattainable today (2011: 28,080 cars). A decline in the number of registrations can also be expected for 2012.

German manufacturers are lagging behind

Disappointing is above all the number of new registrations from German manufacturers. VW only sold 155 vehicles with alternative drives in the first two months of the year (in 2011 there were 2,076 units). Opel still has 86 models, the premium brands Audi and Mercedes together sold just under 30, and BMW no vehicles of this type at all. 82 percent of the new registrations for vehicles with alternative drives are due to foreign manufacturers. The market leader is Dacia, which in the first two months with a market share of 39.5 percent was even clearly ahead of Toyota (15.2 percent).

Fewer and fewer natural gas and LPG cars

Particularly noticeable: the decline in cars with natural gas and liquid gas engines. In 2006, 11,552 natural gas cars were registered, in 2011 the number was only 6,296. The proportion of vehicles powered by liquefied petroleum gas fell from 14,171 vehicles in 2008 to 4,860 units in 2011.

At first glance, it seems exactly the other way around for vehicles with electric drive. The 11 newly registered electric cars from 2006 are compared to 2,044 units in 2011. However, very few of them are moved by private customers. According to the institute, over 90 percent of vehicles from car manufacturers, dealerships or companies such as electricity companies have been newly registered.

Alternative drives must be promoted more

The main reason for these sobering numbers sees Dudenhöffer in the reluctance of the government. After all, the biggest wave of innovation in the field of internal combustion engines was only set in motion when the EU Commission demanded average CO2 emissions of 130 g /km. According to Dudenhöffer, a rethink is not about the high fuel prices, but about guidelines andPolitical support programs achieved.

You can see an overview of the new registrations with alternative drives for each brand in our photo show.

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