The first half of 2019 was a watershed in the electric-vehicle market.
According to a study by the Center of Automotive Management (CAM), Germany led the way for the first time ever in newly registered e-automobiles with 48,000. Norway was second with 44,000.
But the German market for EVs still has a long way to go. The 48,000 electric vehicles represented only 2.6 percent of total vehicles sold in the first six months of 2019. By comparison, more than half of new vehicles in Norway were electric.
The German government has set itself the goal of getting one million e-cars on German roads by the year 2020, but it looks as though that mark will be missed. A 2018 report by the National Electromobility Platform (NPE) estimated that given current levels of market activity it will take until 2022 for Germany to achieve its aims.