After a slight delay, the starting signal was given in Paris for the deployment of 500 electric Renault ZOE vehicles as part of the Zity e-car sharing service. Renault had already announced the launch on the Seine in March.
In 2020, the Vito will receive a model update from Mercedes-Benz, which is intended to take the popular specialist for crafts, trade and service to a new level. Of particular interest to us is the Mercedes-Benz eVito Tourer in the purely electric version, which is scheduled to hit the road in the summer of 2020. According to its own statement, Mercedes-Benz Vans has taken on a pioneering role in the premium segment for locally emission-free, commercial goods transport in urban areas with the eVito in 2018 and the eSprinter in 2019, which it now intends to expand further in 2020.
The Dutch government has confirmed the rumours about the planned purchase premium for new and used electric cars and has given some details. According to the rumours, there will be 4000 Euros subsidy for the purchase of a new and 2000 Euros for the purchase of a used electric car. It is planned that private individuals will be able to apply for the subsidy from July 1 if they buy an electric car or lease it privately.
In 2019, the number of electric cars (pure battery-electric cars and plug-in hybrids) worldwide will increase to around 7.9 million - an increase of 2.3 million compared to the previous year. The number of new registrations has again reached a record high, but grew only slightly compared to 2018. With a total of 3.8 million e-cars, China remains the undisputed world leader. It is followed by the USA with almost 1.5 million. In these two countries, in particular, the growth rate of new registrations declined.
2019 was marked by e-mobility. It was the year of Tesla, as we could see in retrospect. And probably also the year in which e-mobility made its way onto the mass market. Nevertheless, one had the feeling that the car manufacturers were driving with the handbrake on. Which was certainly due to the fact that they wanted to save their e-car sales for 2020. The first year in which CO2 fleet values can become a real challenge for manufacturers.