Germany pleads for the development of synthetic fuels, in order to allow thermal vehicles to remain on the European market after 2035 while making them CO2 neutral.
The European Commission wants the sale of new thermal vehicles, including hybrids, to be prohibited from 2035 in the European Union. But this project is still discussed by the Member States, particularly on the side of those whose automobile industry is important. France pleads in particular for maintaining hybrids until 2040and today it is the turn of the German transport minister, Volker Wissing, to voice his government’s opposition to this ambition of the Commission.
An undervalued way to reduce CO2 ?
Germany, a large part of whose economy is based on the automotive industry, wants combustion engines to continue after 2035 while saying it is aligned with the European Commission on the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions greenhouse transport, CO2 on your mind. To do this, it wants to develop synthetic fuels.
“” We want combustion engines to remain an option, if they run exclusively on synthetic fuels “said Volker Wissing.“
Behind this speech, we can see support from the German government for some of its national manufacturers who are very committed to the development of synthetic fuels, in particular the Volkswagen group through the Porsche and Audi brands. Many German equipment manufacturers are also working there, in particular through the international grouping eFuel Alliance which also brings together oil companies and a Japanese manufacturer: Mazda.
The advantages of thermal without the disadvantages?
CO reduction times2 imposed by European regulations are pushing towards the rapid adoption of “all electric” whilea possible large-scale use of synthetic fuels still requires extensive work, work all the more delayed as the cost of electrification is colossal. But Volker Wissing also sees social advantages in it.
On paper, these gasolines could save the thermal with what that implies for employment, infrastructure and ease of use. ” We will only achieve our climate goals if we offer mobility services that people see as progress “says the minister.
Source: BFM Business