The FDP insists that after the EU ban on new registrations of cars with combustion engines planned from 2035, there will be an exception for vehicles that run on synthetic fuels - so-called e-fuels. The question had to be answered "how internal combustion engines can be approved after 2035 if it can be proven that they can only be fueled with synthetic fuels," demanded Wissing.
In October, the EU Parliament and member states had agreed in principle to end combustion engines. At the same time, however, they agreed that the EU Commission should examine with an open mind whether vehicles with e-fuel-capable combustion engines could not be approved in the future. The final confirmation of the agreement is due in the coming week. The EU ambassadors are already discussing the issue on Friday.
The FDP is receiving fundamental support for its e-fuels demand from the opposition: According to information from the “Rheinische Post”, the Union faction wants to have a motion voted on in the Bundestag on Friday, according to which the federal government is open to technology for drives and e-fuels as an alternative to use fuels for cars with combustion engines.
"In order for mobility to remain affordable for everyone in Germany, jobs to be preserved and the climate protection goals in transport to be achieved, the Federal Government - in addition to electromobility - must use all other available technical and regulatory options for alternative drives and fuels," says it in the Union's voting request available to the newspaper. "With regard to motorized individual transport, these include e-fuels, hydrogen, advanced biofuels and sustainably certified biofuels from cultivated biomass."