FLENSBURG/BERLIN (dpa-AFX) - More than 213,000 new cars were registered in Germany in January. At 10.5 percent, the proportion of purely electric cars was relatively low - in 2023 as a whole, the proportion was 18.4 percent. According to the Federal Motor Transport Authority on Monday, 70.7 percent of new registrations were for commercial use.

The German government had actually planned to grant a purchase premium of up to 4,500 euros for new electric cars until the end of 2023. In addition, the manufacturers were to receive half of the bonus, i.e. up to 2250 euros. On January 1, 2024, the state bonus was to be reduced to 3000 euros and then expire at the end of 2024. Because the federal government had to correct its budget planning, the requirement was abruptly and completely dropped in mid-December. However, numerous car manufacturers subsequently announced that they would pay the premiums themselves.

Comparisons of the new KBA figures with new registrations in January 2023 are difficult because a lower requirement for electric cars and the elimination of the requirement for plug-in hybrids also had a strong impact on car sales at that time. Many consumers brought forward their purchases at that time - resulting in very high new registration figures in November and December 2022 and unusually low figures at the start of 2023./nif/DP/men