The German statistical office (Destatis) states that exports of electric vehicles (EVs) increased by more than 65 percent last year, totaling around 500,000 units with a value of 24.2 billion euros.
While electric vehicles are becoming increasingly important in international trade, combustion-engine autos dominated German automotive exports and imports in 2022. Exports of vehicles powered by internal combustion engines held steady at 1.5 million units in 2022, the same level as in 2021.
In terms of sheer volume, the United Kingdom was Germany’s largest export market for electric vehicles (14 percent), followed closely by the United States (13.1 percent). The value of electric vehicles imported into Germany increased by 10.5 billion euros, or 22.2%, to 358,000 units.
German EVs’ exports are observing a continuous upward trend
In 2017, the German automotive sector registered over 833,500 electric vehicles (VDA). The number of electric cars on German roads is just over 1 million, but that’s because many of the recently registered (and generously subsidised) vehicles were sold for a profit to countries outside of Germany. The energy sector association BDEW recently revealed that the number of public charging sites for electric vehicles increased by 35% in 2022, reaching over 80,500.
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