The average CO₂ emissions from new registrations have fallen slightly over the course of the year so far. Between January and August 2023, every newly registered car emitted an average of 116.3 grams per kilometer, according to current statistics from the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA). That was 2.4 percent or almost three grams less than in the same period last year. The decline was more significant in the individual month of August. At around 95.3 grams per kilometer, emissions here were almost 16 percent below the same month last year.
Admission boost due to expiring funding
The background for the reduction in August is likely to be the sharp increase in newly registered electric cars. Numerous commercial owners used the last possible month to take government funding with them when purchasing a battery vehicle (BEV). Almost every third new vehicle last month was a purely electric car.
According to a decision from last year, the state purchase bonus for electric cars ends at the beginning of September 2023; In addition, the premium has already been reduced. It is now only paid out to private car buyers, no longer for company cars and tradesmen’s vehicles.
The KBA’s “new registration barometer” for the month of August also states that the number of newly registered battery-powered passenger cars (BEV) has even increased by 170 percent compared to the same month of the previous year. Cars powered by natural gas are declining significantly (minus 18 percent); Hybrid vehicles are increasing (plus 17 percent), but among them the plug-in hybrids are decreasing (minus 41 percent)
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