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German politicians aim too high on social media


When the German CDU tweeted “Germany overtakes Norway in electric cars”, they aimed to spread good news. The problem was, that the statement is not entirely true and further, posted by the wrong party.

The attempt by Germany’s conservative CDU to reinterpret the recent CAM analysis was immediately met with backlash by the online community, which was quick to point out that their interpretation only took absolute numbers and PHEVs into account, as Germany has a significantly larger market than Norway.

In exact numbers, for the first half of 2019 Germany showed a 2.6% portion of new vehicles with hybrid or electric drives, while Norway still boasts an impressive 56.2% in the same period. While this was an important step for Germany, the politicians probably should have been a bit more detail-oriented before blowing the horn.


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