Several European metropolises and countries have already renounced combustion engines with gasoline and diesel engines. This includes Norway, for example, where all new private cars and small vans should be CO2-free by 2025. In Denmark, Iceland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Slovenia and Sweden, a combustion ban is to take place in 2030. France and Spain are planning to exit in 2040. Germany has so far held back on this point. Now Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer is daring to take cover.
“Phase out of the classic combustion engine” by 2035
In an interview with Welt am Sonntag (jerkin) Scheuer explained that “the fossil combustion engine that is powered by gasoline or diesel” will have an “end date” must. Scheuer therefore envisions the “phasing out of the classic combustion engine” within the next 15 years. Gasoline and diesel vehicles are only likely to be built until 2035. However, the interview is of course not a draft law or a similarly binding statement.
However, the Ministry of Transport is starting an additional funding program for public charging stations to promote electromobility. By the end of the year, 300 million euros are available that mayors or retailers can use to install charging stations in public places. According to Scheuer, there are currently only 40,000 public charging points. Scheuer moved away from the original goal of wanting to create one million public charging points by 2030.
Scheuer wants to increase funding for wallboxes
The doublet told Scheuer that 200,000 charging points were too low for him. But there is “a wide range between 200,000 and a million”. The Minister of Transport is also planning to increase the funding program for private charging stations (wall boxes). Applications for 300,000 wallboxes were received within a few months, and over 2,500 were added every day. The already increased budget of 400 million euros should soon be exhausted. Scheuer is currently lobbying Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz for an increase. The goal is 500,000, and preferably also 700,000 funded private charging stations, says Scheuer. “Our goal has to be the phasing out of fossil fuel burners by 2035”: Even Transport Minister @AndiScheuer says that now. This is one of the reasons why he is investing an additional € 300 million in public # charging stations. Today in @WELTAMSONNTAG @welt https://t.co/ETWiAbyO5O
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In addition to electromobility, Scheuer also relies on synthetic fuels when it comes to the end of fossil fuels To ring in burners, as the doublet writes. The synthetic fuels would have to “get out of the test tube and into mass production,” says Scheuer. In order to make these so-called e-fuels competitive, pressure from the legislature is needed – for example, through more stringent climate protection requirements. With regard to a short-term tightening of the exhaust gas regulations by the EU (Euro 7 standard), Scheuer reacted negatively. According to Scheuer, the limit values must be technically feasible.