FAQ: What consumers need to know about the ban on new combustion-engine cars – Economy

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By Marek Majowski (DPA)

Fri Jun 10 2022 at 9:19 am

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The planned end of the combustion engine from 2035 worries motorists. What will be allowed then? Is Germany ready? The most important answers at a glance.

If the EU Parliament has its way, manufacturers will no longer be allowed to sell cars with internal combustion engines from 2035 for climate protection reasons. EU countries still have to agree to the ban before it takes effect. An overview of the possible consequences.

Can I still drive a combustion car after 2035?

yes. Only new cars will be sold. Specifically, the so-called fleet limits are regulated in the legislative proposal. These are the specifications for manufacturers, the amount of carbon dioxide2 The cars and vans they produce are allowed to emit in the company. This value should be reduced to zero by 2035.

What happens to my old combustion engine?

Not affected by law. Combustion cars must also be driven after 2035 and used cars must be resold. How the decision affects the prices of the combustion engines used depends on several factors. This is also evidenced by the fact that the prices of used cars have increased significantly in the recent past. The drivers were and still are mainly Corona, a shortage of microchips and other parts.

Will the combustion ban surely come in this way?

This is not clear. EU countries want to agree on their position at the end of the month before the start of final negotiations with Parliament. In theory, it is still possible to unblock the ban. Observers, such as CDU MEP Jens Gieseke, posit: “It is possible that the ban on combustion engines in 2035 will not be preventable.”

Is the federal government still blocking the decision?

At least not alone. The decision of the EU countries does not have to be taken unanimously. Even if Germany were against the phase-out of combustion engines from 2035, there would not automatically be a majority against this decision. The vast majority against phasing out combustion engines is currently considered somewhat unrealistic.

Is the next step a ban on driving combustion engines?

This is not to be expected. Plans to completely ban cars with internal combustion engines on EU roads are not known. Realistically, banning sales would automatically make combustion engines scarce.

What is the current state of the charging infrastructure?

The Federal Network Agency lists 60,000 publicly available good charging points for electric cars in Germany. At the beginning of 2021 the number was just under 41,600. The Automobile Industry Association estimates that about 1 million charging points will be needed in the public sector by 2030. However, the Federal Federation of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) is optimistic: “The expansion of charging stations It’s making good progress,” says Kerstin Andreae of BDEW. It confirms that charging stations have become more robust and indicates a good growth rate in expansion.

Are synthetic fuels an option for combustion engines?

In principle yes. With this alternative fuel, cars and vans can also be operated in a climate-neutral manner. If they are produced correctly – that is, with green electricity – the bottom line is that these energy sources do not produce any additional greenhouse gases. However, critics note that there are actually very few of these “green” fuels for aviation and shipping, and they are less easy to run on electricity than cars or vans. In addition, when calculating the kilometer, it takes more electricity to produce the so-called e-fuel than directly electric cars.

What countries want to get out of pre-combustion engines?

In some countries there has been a phase-out history for some time: Norway, for example, wants to stop selling vehicles with classic petrol or diesel engines from 2025. Great Britain, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands and Belgium recently targeted 2030, and France wanted to continue by 2040 at the latest. Even India wants to phase out conventional fuel technology in the medium term.

When do automakers want out?

The US giant General Motors, Volvo, Jaguar and, in Europe, Ford, for example, have a concrete phase-out strategy. The Volkswagen Group has not yet set a firm date for the general phase-out of combustion engines – however, some brands in the group have announced that they You will gradually stop using petrol and diesel technology. Last November at the World Climate Conference in Glasgow, Mercedes-Benz called for a ban on sales of combustion engines in leading markets from 2035.

How else should emissions in road traffic be reduced?

There is a proposal to include transport in the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). In emissions trading, some companies already have to pay for emissions of climate-damaging gases such as carbon dioxide2 Pay. A compromise that would initially have only affected commercial vehicles in the EU failed on Wednesday in the EU Parliament. MEPs want to try again in two weeks to reach an agreement. In Germany, traffic is already part of the emissions trading.

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