Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) sees the EU Commission on the train in the dispute over an end for new cars with combustion engines from 2035. After the cabinet meeting in Meseberg, Scholz said that the federal government agreed that they assumed that the European Commission would make a proposal on how e-fuels could be used after 2035. This had already been made "politically effective" last year in close discussion with the Commission. "And now it's about making it clear that this is actually going to happen."
Finance Minister and FDP leader Christian Lindner said that openness to technology is a great asset for the FDP. "This means that no final political decision will be made about the drives in private cars." It was against this background and in this spirit that European decision-making was involved. There is currently no legal certainty that vehicles with petrol or diesel engines can actually be registered after 2035 if they are fueled with "eco-fuel". "We need this legally secure, clear link between the decision on the fleet limit values and the possibility of new registrations."
The EU vote on the planned end for new cars with combustion engines from 2035 was postponed on Friday due to additional demands from Germany. Transport Minister Volker Wissing (FDP) had said that Germany could not agree to such a blanket combustion engine shutdown at the moment. As promised, the EU Commission must submit a proposal on how climate-neutral, synthetic fuels, so-called e-fuels, can be used in combustion engines after 2035.