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In order to accelerate the traffic turnaround, the federal government has scheduled a joint summit with top representatives of the car and mobility industry.
According to SPIEGEL information, the invitees include CEOs of the car companies BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen, Oliver Zipse, Ola Källenius and Oliver Blume.
The meeting is scheduled to take place in the Chancellery on January 10 in the afternoon.
Unlike in the past, the meeting is explicitly not declared as a pure car summit.
Specifically, it is the "first top-level meeting of the strategy platform for the automotive and mobility industry," as the event is officially called.
In addition to the car bosses, according to the invitation list available to SPIEGEL, the CEO of the semiconductor manufacturer Infineon, Jochen Hanebeck, and the Germany managing director of the battery manufacturer Northvolt, Christofer Haux, should be represented.
Christian Hochfeld, director of the think tank Agora Verkehrswende, is also among those invited, as is IG Metall boss Jörg Hofmann and the chairmen of the works councils of the major car manufacturers.
Holger Klein, the new head of ZF Friedrichshafen, is to take part as a representative of the supplier industry.
According to the current plan, the Federal Government should appear alongside Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD), Federal Minister of Economics Robert Habeck (Greens), Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP), Transport Minister Volker Wissing (FDP), Federal Environment Minister Steffi Lemke (Greens) and Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD). .
The E-Wende falters
The federal government is increasingly concerned that the expansion of electric mobility in Germany is stagnating and that car manufacturers, as a key industry, could also lose touch with China in particular.
Chinese manufacturers are pushing into the German market with more and more models.
One of the biggest problems is the slow expansion of the charging infrastructure, which will be one of the central topics of the summit.
The so-called fleet limits for cars with combustion engines are also to be discussed.
The Greens would like to make the limits for CO2 emissions as strict as possible in order to stimulate sales of e-cars.
The Euro7 pollutant standard, which is currently being defined at European level, should also be discussed.
In addition to measures for climate and environmental protection in transport, the program also includes questions about the cars of the future – so-called smart cars – and networked mobility.
The group also wants to find solutions for stabilizing global supply chains.
These were repeatedly torn down during the pandemic and the Ukraine war, leading to significant production and delivery problems.
Economics Minister Habeck recently emphasized that he wanted to make significant progress in climate protection in transport in 2023.
There is still a large gap to be closed, he told the dpa news agency.
"Now we have to see how we can get there this year." His words are aimed in particular at Minister of Transport Wissing, who is responsible for a large gap in climate protection efforts and has to close it with new measures.