Low-emission vehicles with electric and natural gas drives reached a record share of 5.3 percent of all newly registered cars in Germany in 2018, but the average CO₂ emissions of new cars continued to rise, the German Energy Agency (dena) says in its new monitoring report on alternative drives.
That’s mainly because Germans registered more SUVs and fewer compact cars. “Emissions of newly registered cars in Germany continue to be significantly above the European average,” dena says in a press release.
By 2030, Germany aims to cut transport emissions by at least 40 percent, compared to 1990 levels. But so far, they remain stubbornly high.