On the German market for new cars, the scarce supply is causing prices to rise. According to a study, of all things, this happens particularly quickly with particularly environmentally friendly models.

With the scarce supply of new cars in Germany, the prices for fully electric battery cars are currently rising the fastest.

In May, the regular market study by the Duisburg Center Automotive Research (CAR) revealed that manufacturers have long been granting lower discounts on the list price for electric vehicles than for comparable combustion engines. This effect is masked by government purchase incentives.

Study leader Ferdinand Dudenhöffer warned against reducing the purchase premium, especially since fossil fuels could become cheaper again in the coming months following the latest Opec decisions. The car expert also expects increasing list prices for all models. The manufacturers would pass on increased purchase prices in the coming months. For electric cars, battery cells and semiconductors are essential components that have become much more expensive.

Without the government bonuses, manufacturers granted an average discount of just 9.8 percent on the list price for new battery cars on Internet portals in May, CAR reported. This already includes the third share of the car manufacturer in the electric car premium. In contrast, there was an average discount of 16.3 percent for combustion engines and 16.1 percent for plug-in hybrids with a combination of both engine types.

The average prices, which are between almost 26,000 euros for combustion engines and 46,000 euros for the mostly larger plug-in hybrids, are difficult to compare. Battery cars cost an average of 42,000 euros.