The EU wants to ban cars with internal combustion engines - and that should probably also apply to climate-neutral e-fuels.
From 2035, only pure electric cars would be allowed.
Brussels – The Europe-wide ban on cars with internal combustion engines from 2035 has almost been decided: After initial resistance from Italy, for example, the plan of the EU Commission will probably be implemented by all countries.
However, the EU had not yet specifically stipulated that only electric cars would be permitted, but spoke somewhat vaguely of "emission-free drives".
Combustion ban: EU plans no exception for e-fuels
Fans of roaring petrol engines were therefore hoping for a loophole: namely the climate-neutral e-fuels, which Porsche, for example, also relies on for its image-bearer 911.
But this hope will probably prove to be deceptive, as the "Handelsblatt" reports: A compromise proposal from France, which currently holds the Council Presidency, allegedly contains no exceptions to electric drive.
Combustion engine ban: Only cars with batteries or hydrogen
With the exception of one rather unimportant detail, which relates to retraining measures for employees in the automotive industry, the French proposal follows the tough course intended by the EU Commission for the ban on internal combustion engines.
Since approval is emerging in the European Parliament and in the Council of the EU Member States, only pure electric vehicles with batteries or hydrogen refueling (as BMW is planning for the iX5 Hydrogen) would actually be allowed in the future.
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Combustion engines and their exhaust gases should no longer exist in the future.
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Combustion engine ban: openness to technology doesn't stand a chance
Other loopholes such as longer transition periods or exceptions for small series manufacturers are also not planned.
The so-called openness to technology, also for clean combustion engines, which BMW boss Oliver Zipse, for example, propagates, but also the governing party FDP or the opposition CDU, would be fundamentally off the table.
However, due to the high energy requirements in the production of e-fuels and the resulting costs, there are already those who consider the use of synthetic fuels in car engines to be unlikely.
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