Germans are very satisfied with their electric vehicles with 84 per cent saying that they would happily recommend them to others, according to a study of e-car owners.
The Institute for Transport Research at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), which surveyed over 3 000 electric car owners, found that the main reason respondents bought electric cars was to help reduce pollution and because they were interested in innovative vehicle technology.
The promise of cheaper energy costs per kilometre, free parking and charging, and tax exemptions also played a role in the decision to purchase cleaner vehicles.
The study found that the typical electric car owner in Germany is a well-educated male with a higher income and an average age of 51.
Electric car owners were also far more likely to live in small towns and villages with less than 20 000 people than in cities with over 100 000.
The DLR says that the results demonstrate that there is a secure foundation for a wider introduction of electric vehicles into the German market.