Brussels proposes to Germany to make an exception for engines that use synthetic fuels
Said proposal would introduce into the regulations a new category of vehicles with combustion engines that run on synthetic fuels, known as ‘e-fuels’, which could be marketed from 2035.
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According to the German weekly Der Spiegelthe European Commission has offered the german government a commitment to achieve the support of the Executive headed by the Social Democrat Olaf Scholz to the measure, which was already approved by the European Parliament in February. Said proposal, according to media sources, would involve introducing into the regulations a new category of combustion engine vehicles that run on synthetic fuels, known as ‘e-fuels’which could be marketed from 2035.
These vehicles would be equipped with special sensors that would prevent their engines from running on fuels made from fossil fuels, the outlet has detailed.
The German Minister of Transport, Volker Wissinghas reiterated its veto of a commitment at the European level to prohibit the sale of vehicles that emit carbon dioxide (CO2) from 2035, despite having received a new proposal in this regard from the European Commission (EC), German media reported today.
In this way, the exception demanded by the liberal Wissing would be created to allow vehicles with combustion engines to be registered after 2035 as long as they work with ‘e-fuels’, considered until now the reason for the German veto that was pronounced in the last moment.
Germany rejects the proposal
However, according to sources Der Spiegelthe compromise offered by the EC has been rejected, for reasons still unknown, both by Wissing and by the head of the liberal party and finance minister, christian lindner.
Transport Ministry officials are now preparing a counter-proposal that will be presented in Brussels before Thursday, when a summit of European leaders will kick off.
According to the German media, Wissing wants to ensure that from 2035 vehicles with traditional combustion engines can continue to be marketed, on the condition that manufacturers pay a fee that finances the generation of ‘e-fuels’ for a volume equivalent to that of the consumption that would correspond to the vehicle during its useful life.
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