The newly implemented CO2 tax introduced at the beginning of 2021 is aimed at accelerating the transition from conventional fuel input to energy transition (‘Energiewende’) technologies. A recent EUPD Research study shows that 28 percent of private households have dealt more with the topic electric mobility since the tax had been announced. So far, only one fifth of surveyed households are familiar with their energy suppliers’ activities in the area of electric mobility.
Bonn. According to the Federal Office for Motor Traffic, electric mobility continues its growth path in Germany showing no signs of slowing down: 30,101 new registrations of electric passenger cars (BEV) in March 2021 make up 10.3 percent of all registrations. In contrast, fuel costs for passenger cars with gasoline or diesel have significantly increased with the start of 2021 because of the introduction of a CO2 tax. Another increase of the CO2 has been determined until 2025, though an additional increase of costs is to be expected in the following years.
Bonn-based market research and consulting firm EUPD Research conducted a recent survey among German households in the context of Energiewende Award for energy suppliers. Amongst others, the survey explores how the new CO2 tax affects investments in electric mobility. The first level of the newly introduced tax alone has led about 25 percent of the 504 interviewees to deal more intensively with alternative drives based on electric or hydrogen. The majority of German citizens cannot provide concrete information as to how big the CO2 tax must be in order to consider investing in an electric vehicle. The majority of people in the group of surveyed households that did specify an amount of surcharge for gasoline and diesel, named 30 euro cents and more. While defined growth path plans for a surcharge of 15 euro cents per liter gasoline by 2025, 30 euro cents and higher are more likely to be expected from 2030 onwards.