What is half of 180

Throttle new cars to 180 km / h: More than half of Germans are for it

Frankfurt am Main, April 8, 2019 - More than half of Germans (54 percent) are in favor of limiting the speed of vehicles to 180 kilometers per hour. That is the result of a representative survey by YouGov on behalf of the management and technology consultancy BearingPoint. Only 32 percent of those surveyed voted against throttling. 60 percent of those surveyed even stated that they would accept a top speed of 180 kilometers per hour in favor of an electric vehicle; according to the survey, only 24 percent are unwilling to do so. Background to the investigation: The Swedish car manufacturer Volvo plans to limit the maximum speed of its new cars to 180 kilometers per hour from 2020.

Credible commitment to electromobility

The survey also examined the brand loyalty of Germans when buying a car. Almost a third (29 percent) of the study participants stated - in the context of electromobility - that when buying a new car they would always choose the manufacturer with a credible commitment to electromobility, including a corresponding range of available vehicles. To do this, they would also consciously change the car brand.

An interesting side result of the study is that 19 percent of the respondents said they either do not own a car or do not want to buy a car.

The survey results show that a change in the understanding of mobility among Germans is taking place. While a few years ago high speeds, lots of horsepower, large engines and a car of their own were the dream of Germans, we can now see a clear trend towards sustainable electromobility and not using one's own car. Car manufacturers must act and respond to these customer requests. Manufacturers with a commitment to electromobility will have a clear competitive advantage in the future.

Matthias Loebich, global head of automotive at BearingPoint

The data used are based on an online survey by YouGov Deutschland GmbH on behalf of BearingPoint, in which 2049 people took part between March 26, 2019 and March 28, 2019. The results were weighted and are representative of the German population aged 18 and over.


About BearingPoint

BearingPoint is an independent management and technology consultancy with European roots and global reach. The company operates in four areas: Consulting, Solutions, Business Services and Ventures. Consulting encompasses the classic consulting business; Solutions focuses on its own software solutions for the areas of digital transformation, advanced analytics and regulatory requirements; Business Services offers companies services based on software solutions; Ventures drives the financing and development of startups. BearingPoint's customers include many of the world's leading companies and organizations. BearingPoint's global network with more than 10,000 employees supports customers in over 75 countries and works with them to achieve measurable and long-term business success.


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