The negotiations on the end of heat engines in 2035 are just beginning. And already, the disagreements are numerous. As we indicated to you following the vote of the European Parliament, the countries of the EU are now discussing the conditions of application of this text. While the vast majority of European countries are in favor of rapidly developing electrical energy, some also want keep a share of thermal vehicles.
It was the Minister of Finance, Mr. Christian Lindner, who made it known that Germany was against ratifying the text as it is presented today. The German government wants to keep a share of thermal cars in circulation. A small percentage of new thermal vehicles available for sale is still under discussion between member countries. Especially for the plug-in hybrid models. The latter are currently affected by the ban on sales on the new home market from 2035.
Although Germany has made it known that it is against the ratification of the text in this matter, she also said she wanted faster development of electric vehicles. A position that makes some teeth cringe in Europe. Indeed, several European countries would be annoyed to see the German government double play on the question of the banning of thermal engines in 2035. Because for some, Germany aims above all to defend the sole interests of its manufacturers.
With highly developed electric car brands such as Mercedes, Volkswagen and BMW, the German government knows that its automotive industry will be able to overcome these upcoming restrictions. But Germany would also look favorably on the conservation of a small percentage of heat engines in circulation. Especially for the sports of its German brands. This is the case, for example, of Porsche, which has invested millions of euros in the construction of a factory to produce synthetic fuel and which hopes to be able to continue to sell its 911s.
A position which is not specific to Germany, since the Italian deputies also want to impose a Ferrari amendement Ferrari. The latter would not prohibit the sale of new thermal vehicles for manufacturers who produce between 1,000 and 10,000 cars per year.
— Reuters (@Reuters) June 21, 2022
If Germany has been talking about it in recent hours on its refusal to align with European directives, the German position is not new. Last February, the German government already made known its opinion on the matter. Transport Minister Volker Wissing explained that “combustion engines should remain an option if they run exclusively on synthetic fuel”.
For the German government, the development of synthetic fuels will finance the transition to electricity. Still according to Volker Wissing, “We must offer individual means of transport adapted to each need. We cannot only rely on electric mobility and hydrogen for the future”.
A German position which is shared by France. The French government quickly made it known that the date of 2035 was too close in time to ensure a smooth transition to electric. Italy and the Czech Republic are also of the same opinion. Negotiations for an agreement on the date for stopping production of thermal engines therefore promise to be tense in the coming weeks.
We must meet the climate targets. If we want to successfully shape the transformation of our economy and mobility on the way there and do not want to lose the population, we need reliable framework conditions.
Interview with the @faznet. https://t.co/VzVkrOsHXw
— Volker Wissing (@Wissing) February 20, 2022
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