October 28, 2020. After new vehicle registrations in Germany fell to a record low for all types of driving in April 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the market rebounded only a few months later. This also applies to units powered by natural gas: in the third quarter, new gas vehicle registrations were above those of the previous year, as figures from the Federal Motor Transportation Authority (KBA) show. In July 1,124 units were sold nationwide (+11% compared to the previous year), in August 884 (+5% compared to the previous year) and in September 832 (+32% compared to the previous year). This corresponds to a total of 2,840 new registrations for the third quarter of 2020.
As before, natural gas vehicles were the most popular in North Rhine-Westphalia, Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria. There was a particularly strong demand for cars (76% of new gas registrations). The SEAT Arona, SEAT León, VW Caddy and Skoda Kamiq models led the recent records.
But natural gas also performed well in the commercial vehicle arena. Almost one in five gas units registered between July and September was a truck or tractor unit. Natural gas is particularly popular in heavy transportation. In the third quarter, for example, 358 trucks of more than 12 tons and tractors were registered nationwide, while there were only 30 electric vehicles, 4 of hydrogen, 3 hybrids and 1 to liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).