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Sales of battery-electric vehicles in Germany triple in 2020

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FILE PHOTO: A parking sign for electric vehicles is pictured in Gruenheide

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Sales of battery-electric vehicles in Germany increased three-fold to more than 194,000 units in 2020, the country's road-traffic regulator said on Wednesday, citing the appeal of a more diversified product offering and of more reliable technology.

"E-mobility has become a mainstream feature of the mobile society," the president of German regulator KBA, Richard Damm, said in a statement.

Since vehicles with full or partial electric propulsion reached a market share of 22% in the fourth quarter of 2020, the German government was well on its way to reach its goal to have 7 million to 10 million registered electric vehicles on German roads by 2030, he added

Battery-electric vehicles made up 1.2% of all registered passenger cars in Germany at the end of 2020, up from 0.5% a year earlier, KBA said.

(Reporting by Ludwig Burger and Ilona Wissenbach)