Electric car exports rise sharply

Germany's car manufacturers are exporting fewer cars with combustion engines, but significantly more electric vehicles.

Export von E-Autos steigt stark
Export von E-Autos steigt stark dpa

Wiesbaden (dpa) - Germany's car manufacturers shipped significantly fewer vehicles abroad in the third quarter of 2021 than a year earlier due to supply bottlenecks and chip shortages. Cars with combustion engines still accounted for the majority of German passenger car exports in 2021, though the trend was down noticeably. In the three main engine capacity classes for passenger cars with combustion engines, the data show that a total of 254,000 cars worth 8.5 billion euros were shipped abroad in the third quarter, 44.8 percent down year-on-year.

On the other hand, there was a sharp rise in purely electric vehicles: from July to September of the current year, German manufacturers sold 69,800 electric cars abroad worth a total of 2.9 billion euros. In terms of value, this was an increase of more than a quarter (26.9 percent) compared to the same period last year. Most of the German-made vehicles went to the USA in the third quarter. Other important markets for German manufacturers are China and the United Kingdom.

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