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Germany: sensational reverse on petrol and diesel cars veto

In a surprising move, Germany reverses its veto on the sale of petrol and diesel cars, embracing the French argument.

Against all odds, Germany takes a step back from the European Commission’s desire to veto endothermic vehicles from 2035. Until yesterday, the executive of Chancellor Olaf Scholz had taken a favorable position on the matter, also due to the pressure of Verdi, one of the coalition parties currently in power. Now, however, the turnaround is clear.

According to what was declared by the Minister of Transport, Volker Wissing , Berlin withdrew its unconditional and integral support for the Brussels proposal. Ergo, there is still room for traditional powertrains, provided they are within certain conditions. In an informal meeting with other European transport ministers on the outskirts of Paris, Wissing said: “We want to allow internal combustion engines after 2035, but only if they can be powered exclusively by synthetic fuels .

The Franco-German axis is strengthened

The turning point has a double meaning, so that it also strengthens the axis with France . Immediately after the ideas put on the table by the community body, contained in the Fit-for-55 plan, Paris had committed to advocate the cause of plug-in hybrids and to ensure the survival of combustion engines even beyond 2035.

The renewed agreement is confirmed by further comments from Wissing. Specifically, the German minister embraced France ‘s thesis according to which hybrids can have their say in reducing polluting emissions: “Today we don’t have enough electric vehicles . We need to increase their availability. So it’s better for people to turn to hybrid technology as an intermediate solution . “

According to Wissing, it is appropriate to implement a holistic approach, rather than focusing exclusively on a single technology: “For the future, we cannot focus only on electric mobility or hydrogen. We need to maintain a neutral technological approach . The turnaround significantly complicates operations and, therefore, all the developments from now on remain to be discovered.