Countries including Germany, Italy, Czechia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia have formed a bloc objecting the 2035 ban on new petrol and diesel vehicle sales.
According to reports, these countries are proposing the use of e-fuels in new internal combustion cars (ICE) cars.
“A ban on the combustion engine, when it can run in a climate-neutral way, seems a wrong approach for us,” said German Transport Minister Volker Wissing, speaking on behalf of the group of nations objecting to the ban.
“We do not want to stop things, nor do we want them to fail in the end.”
“We want the regulation to succeed — we need climate neutrality — but we have to remain technology-open, anything else is not a good option for Europe.”
According to reports, Germany is proposing that a separate category pf ICE vehicles that can run on synthetic, carbon-neutral e-fuels be allowed on sale beyond 2035.
E-fuels, or synthetic fuels, recapture atmospheric carbon dioxide emissions during the production process, offsetting the emissions released when the fuel is burned by a vehicle to allow for close to net-zero emissions.
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