The Government of Germany has announced its opposition to the ban on the sale of new cars with combustion engines from 2035 proposed by the European Union.
First the European Commission and then the European Parliament supported the measure, as the necessary way to reduce gas emissions that contribute to global warming. The objective is to achieve a 55% reduction in emissions by 2030 if the emissions of 1990 are taken as a reference and, later, to ban the sale of new cars with a thermal engine from 2035.
After these first two ‘steps’, before the final law is promulgated, negotiations must be carried out with the countries involved and this is where the pitfalls arise. The German finance minister, Christian Lidner , assured that the government of his country will not accept these plans. At least not the total ban. The statement by the minister, who belongs to the pro-industrial Free Democrats, is relevant because the party shares a government with the Social Democrats and the Greens.
This announcement was made at an event organized by the BFI , the German industry association. Although the Government will approve the transition to clean energies and Germany is expected to be the leading market for electric vehicles – several German brands have already announced their plans for the total electrification of their ranges and the cessation of thermal production – there will still be market niches for combustion engines.
In any case, the powerful lobby of the German automobile industry maintains that the 2035 goal is unattainable, that there will not be enough public recharging points and that having to rush deadlines will make consumers pay more for their cars. And there are other problems on the horizon: the supply of some of the raw materials needed for electric motors and batteries, and even how to produce electricity. The VDA thinks that a transition period with synthetic fuels as protagonists will be essential.
In Italy there are also plans to protect its supercar industry. The meeting of the ministers of the branch to agree on the measures promises to be moved.
Of course, environmental groups point out that electrification in 2035 will be late and would like to shorten the deadlines.