Germany says ‘no’ to European Commission’s proposal to stop sales of diesel and gasoline cars from the middle of the next decade. And it does so through the voice of Transport Minister Volker Wissing, who spoke on the sidelines of an informal meeting with his European counterparts in Paris.
“We want to allow combustion engines even after 2035”, he said. But then he clarifies that the country should only allow endothermy to survive “if cars can be powered exclusively by synthetic fuels”.
Electricity not enough?
Synthetic fuels are potentially compatible with conventional vehicles and would allow them to stay on the road while achieving the result of reduced emissions. The German Minister is therefore convinced that there is “a solution so that cars are not powered by fossil fuels”.
Selon Volker Wissing, “We cannot rely solely on the electric mobility or at thehydrogen for the future” and “we must remain technologically neutral”. There is also the fact that to date, “we don’t have enough electric vehiclesso we need to increase its availability”.
Alliance with Italy
The idea of an “intermediate” solution to achieve total decarbonisation is therefore gaining ground in Germany. And the Minister of Transport seems to look at hybrids with a particularly favorable eye. Other countries, like Italy, seem to be going in the same direction. These words almost seem to echo those of our head of ecological transition, Roberto Cingolani.
The head of ecological transition, Roberto Cingolani recently declared that the future of the car “cannot be reduced to all-electric” and that we can instead focus on “a generation of state-of-the-art hybrids, even with limited performance” to reduce CO2 emissions.
Negotiations in Europe to (not) shut down combustion engines are already open.