Although car brands are madly busy electrifying everything, it suddenly does not seem so certain that all new cars will have to drive emission-free from 2035. Christian Lindner, the Federal Minister of Finance in Germany, says Germany does not agree with Europe’s plans to ban new combustion engines by 2035.
Lindner made his statements at an event of the Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie (BDI). According to Lindner, “combustion engine niches continue to exist” and therefore a ban would be wrong. The resistance to the European ban on combustion engines in 2035 does not mean that Germany is against electrification of the vehicle fleet. According to Lindner, Germany will become a ‘leading market’ for electric vehicles. He thinks a total ban is simply too rigorous.
EVs will be fine for most people
Battery cars will be the ultimate solution for many people. By then the cars will be more affordable to buy, have enough range and will be cheaper to drive and own than petrol cars. But that’s not true for all applications, of course.
It is impossible to say what it will be like in 2035, but at the moment the charging infrastructure is not sufficient everywhere. In addition, for some key applications, you want to be able to rely on quick fuel tank filling and the flexibility of being able to refuel anywhere.
Do all trucks also have to be battery powered?
And how about long-distance transport? The raw materials for batteries are not infinite and to blindly push 300-kWh batteries everywhere may be a bit of an exaggeration. Wouldn’t it be better to divide that battery capacity over several super-efficient hybrids?
And according to many car brands, there is also something to be said for synthetic fuels. These are CO2-neutral fuels that can be used, for example, in sports cars. Driving on hydrogen (with a fuel cell or an internal combustion engine) is still permitted with the current planning.