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German government won’t accept EU plans to end thermal sales in 2035
The German government will not accept European Union plans to ban the sale of new combustion engine cars from 2035, said Finance Minister Christian Lindner.
Sales of new thermal vehicles could be banned by 2035
As a reminder, in its attempt to reduce global warming emissions by 55% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels, the European Commission has proposed a 100% reduction in CO2 emissions from new cars by 2035. This means that it would be impossible to sell combustion engine cars from that date.
While MEPs have backed the proposals, negotiations will need to be held with EU countries on the final text.
A niche market should persist
Speaking at an event organized by German industry association BDI on Tuesday, Christian Lindner said there would continue to be niches for combustion engines, and therefore a ban would be wrong. Adding that the German government would not accept European legislation.
Lindner, a member of the business-friendly Liberal Democrats, who shares power with the Social Democrats and the Greens, however, said Germany would remain a top market for electric vehicles.
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German industry groups and other car lobbying organizations say European Parliament’s decision to back ban on new combustion engine cars in 2035 would be a blow to climate protection and consumer choice.
European parliamentarians “have taken a decision against citizens, against the market, against innovation and against modern technologies”, declared the association of the automotive industry VDA.
Source: Reuters, dpa
German Finance Minister Christian Lindner has rejected EU plans to ban new fossil fuel cars from 2035.
His arguments: according to him, niche markets for combustion engines should continue, so any ban would be a mistake.