Seht hierzu unter anderem den Artikel vom 3.3.2013 mit dem Titel “Elektroautos: Fraunhofer-Präsident glaubt an Elektromobilität” in “Spiegel Online“.
Wir erfahren in diesem Artikel unter anderem: “Der Präsident des renommierten Fraunhofer-Instituts, Reimund Neugebauer, glaubt weiterhin an die Elektromobilität. In einem Interview mit der “Welt am Sonntag” sagte er: “Natürlich ist der Elektro-Hype vorbei. Nun pegelt es sich auf einem sinnhaften Niveau ein.” Für Megacitys seien Elektromobile durchaus sinnvoll, so der Wissenschaftler”.
Als Indiz dafür, dass auch die Autohersteller weiterhin das Thema verfolgen, wertet Neugebauer das Pilotprojekt, für das sich sein Institut, VW und das chinesische Wissenschaftsministerium zusammenschließen wollen. “Fraunhofer und die deutschen Automobilunternehmen wollen in China eine Musterinfrastruktur für Elektromobilität aufbauen”, so Neugebauer”.
Was die Behauptung Neugebauers angeht, der von ihm so bezeichnete “Elektro-Hype” sei vorbei, muss ich ihm widersprechen.
In Deutschland gab es – auf der Ebene der Verkaufszahlen – sowieso noch nie einen “Elektro-Hype“. Der Verkauf von Elektroautos hat sich bisher in Deutschland nur sehr schleppend entwickelt.
In anderen Ländern läuft der Verkauf von Elektroautos mittlerweile gut.
Das betrifft vor allem auch Kalifornien. Schon bisher war der US-Bundesstaat Kalifornien beim Verkauf von Elektroautos in den USA führend.
Seht hierzu unter anderem den Artikel vom 13.11.2012 mit dem Titel “Electric Cars: California Leads Nation In Green Vehicle Consumption” in der “Huffington Post“.
Aber seit Beginn dieses Jahres scheint in diesem bevölkerungsreichsten US-Bundesstaat der Verkauf von Elektroautos deutlich angezogen zu sein.
Wir erfahren in diesem Artikel unter anderem. “If you’ve been enticed by the recent spate of cheap lease deals on electric cars, good luck finding one.
Southern California dealers are seeing heavy demand for battery-powered cars, now leasing for as little as $199 a month. Fiat dealers have waiting lists for the new 500e even though the car hasn’t hit their lots yet. And Honda dealers have already sold out of the Fit EV since a $259 lease was announced Thursday.
The reaction revealed pent-up demand for electric vehicles — as long as the price is right.
Until recently, most consumers have rejected the cars at sticker prices that can be double those of gas-powered rivals, before $10,000 in state and federal incentives. But a lease-price war appears to have brought electric cars to a tipping point, engaging average consumers who shop on price in addition to eco-conscious buyers looking to make a statement.
Three electric-blue Fits sat gathering dust for about three months at Honda of Santa Monica — until Saturday morning, when customers snapped them up and competed to get on a waiting list.
“It’s incredible, especially since we haven’t had any foot traffic or interest in the car in six months,” said Jeff Fletcher, sales manager at Honda of Santa Monica. “I’m not even sure we’ll have enough cars for the people on the waiting list.”
It seems like a good problem for the automakers to have, but surging demand also puts them in an awkward position — especially given the losses they’ll take on the sale of every electric car because of high development costs. Honda and other automakers must now walk a fine line between limiting short-term losses and creating long-term goodwill in a fledgling market, said Jeremy Anwyl, vice chairman of auto information company Edmunds.com.
“This is basically a government-created marketplace,” Anwyl said, referring to California rules that essentially mandate that automakers build zero-emission cars. “So you see car companies trying to limit their costs associated with meeting these mandates.”
And yet Honda and others have a big marketing opportunity. “The idea that electric vehicles are desirable — that would be a wonderful notion to get out in the marketplace,” he said. “This is a fine balance.”
Honda had plans to build just 1,100 Fit EVs in this model year and the next combined, releasing them in a trickle to select dealers in select states. It sold only 176 from its introduction in July through the end of May, according to Honda spokesman Chris Martin“.
Seht hierzu auch den Artikel vom 18.6.2013 mit dem Titel “All of a Sudden, There Aren’t Enough Electric Cars to Keep Up with Demand” im “Time Magazine“.
Wir erfahren in diesem Artikel unter anderem: “Electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf and Honda Fit EV used to languish on dealership lots for months. A pricing war with aggressive incentives and cheap lease deals has changed all that.
Last year, Nissan sold about half the number of Leafs it had anticipated, marking two years in a row of disappointing sales for the electric car pioneer. One of the factors holding the Leaf back from appealing to the masses has been the upfront price premium drivers have had to pay for the cars, when compared with similar vehicles that run on plain old gas.
But in early 2013, Nissan tried to cut the knees out from this part of the anti-EV argument. The automaker dropped base prices on the Leaf by $6,400 for the new model, making the idea of buying an electric car for under $19,000 a reality, when state and federal incentives are factored in. And once lease deals, tax credits, and gas savings are considered in the equation, word has spread this spring that it’s basically possible to drive an EV for next to nothing“.
In diesem Artikel erfahren wir unter anderem: “Fiat has never hidden the fact that its 500e electric car had been developed primarily for compliance reasons, thus there was little surprise when it was announced that sales would be limited to the state of California, at least, initially.
It looks like Fiat may have reason to speed up plans to offer the 500e in other states, however, as news that the car is already sold out for the year has emerged.
He did, however, mention that the market for electric cars in California was doing well, which suggests that volumes for the Fiat 500e may be increased given the car’s initial success.
As we’ve previously reported, Fiat has a three-part rollout plan for the 500e, with California its first destination, followed by a second phase that presumably includes the dozen or so other states that use California’s emissions standards.
The question now is one of timing, but given the 500e’s success so far Fiat’s rollout plan could end up happening sooner rather than later”.
Auch in den USA insgesamt scheint der Verkauf von Elektroautos mittlerweile nicht schlecht zu laufen.
Seht hierzu unter anderem den Artikel vom 23.7.2013 mit dem Titel “Electric Car Sales Have Doubled, Thanks To High Gas Prices” in “AOL.com”
Wir erfahren in diesem Artikel unter anderem: “This is a good time to be in the business of selling electric vehicles. Once moribund, sales of electric cars have more than doubled in the U.S. during the first six months of 2013 compared to the same time period in 2012. Americans have purchased 41,447 of plug-in electric vehicles since January. Thirty-six percent of all the electric cars on the road today have been bought in the previous six months.
The sales figures mark a bold turnaround. It was only February when President Obama backtracked from a stated goal of putting more than 1 million electric cars on the road by 2015. While the recent sales surge won’t revive those early hopes — EV sales still represent only 1.23 percent of the total market — they are a firm sign of encouragement. “It highlights the fact you can’t look at one month or two months of data,” said Patrick Davis, director of the vehicle technology office at the Department of Energy. “It’s the nature of the vehicle market for growth to initially seem slow,” he said. “As a matter of fact, through the years, when you look at the introduction of new technologies, whether it’s front-wheel drive or airbags or whatever, it happens slow at first and then sort of takes off. Growth happens very quickly.”