The conflict within the governing coalition regarding the ban on sales of new cars with internal combustion engines has resulted in the Federal Environment Minister, Steffi Lemke, calling for a quick resolution. She suggested that the concerns of the FDP could be resolved shortly so that the deadlock could be resolved. The EU has already decided that the specifics for carbon dioxide emissions for cars are essential to its climate protection policy. The parliament and EU states had agreed to electromobility for all of Europe.
EU to implement electromobility
According to Lemke, the decision made was to allow only zero-emission cars to be sold in the EU by 2035. This outcome was supposed to be implemented shortly after. However, a vote was delayed due to additional demands from Germany, and negotiations are ongoing.
FDP demands support from Commission
The FDP recognizes the importance of the ban on sales of new cars with internal combustion engines. However, they suggest that cars with combustion engines using e-fuels–artificial fuels produced with green electricity–should still be allowed to register after 2035. They argue that the German industry should not lose its lead in technology.
Resolve the conflict quickly
The conflict between the governing coalition needs to be resolved quickly. The talks are ongoing, and a solution is expected soon. The EU has agreed on the specifics for carbon dioxide emissions for cars. The parliament and EU states have agreed to electromobility for all of Europe, and the decision needs to be implemented quickly. The ban on the sale of new cars with internal combustion engines needs to be clarified, and the details need to be agreed upon soon.