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  4. Great Britain (Scotland): Internal combustion engines banned from 2030?
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  7. Sweden names time to ban petrol and diesel cars
  8. USA: State of California bans internal combustion engines from 2035

While the combustion ban has long been planned in other countries, there is still discussion in Germany. Most recently, Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer called for petrol and diesel cars to end by 2035. Several environmental associations are calling for combustion engines to be phased out by 2030 at the latest. And: According to a recent survey, the majority of Germans want to keep cars that are powered by fossil fuels. This article is constantly updated!


Scheuer wants the end of the fossil fuel burn by 2035

  • According to the idea of Federal Minister of Transport Andreas Scheuer (CSU), from 2035 onwards, cars with internal combustion engines should only come onto the streets if they are powered by synthetic fuels. Classic combustion engines - i.e. petrol and diesel cars that are powered by fossil fuels - are to be phased out within the next 15 years, according to the politician in mid-March 2021. However, there is no threat of a complete ban on combustion with synthetic fuels. "In order to lead the technology of the combustion engine, which is highly developed in Germany, into the future, the synthetic fuels have to get out of the test tube and into mass production," said Scheuer. In order to make them competitive, according to the minister, pressure from: the legislators: in. "We have to remain open to technology and at the same time continue to impose strict climate protection requirements so that there are incentives to use the next 15 years to develop competitive, clean fuels for combustion engines." Greenpeace traffic expert Benjamin Stephan described Scheuer's idea "of a clean future for the internal combustion engine" as "highly dangerous", both for climate protection and for the auto industry. "The production of synthetic fuels requires electricity. An electric car with a battery can travel at least five times as far with the same amount of electricity as a combustion engine with electricity-based fuel. Such an outrageous waste makes electricity-based fuels far too expensive to run in cars over the long term." The internal combustion engine has no future, no matter what it is operated with. He demanded an expiry date for all internal combustion engines from the federal government. Other politicians such as CSU boss Markus Söder and Baden-Württemberg's Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) had already spoken out in the autumn of 2020 for phasing out fossil-fuel cars by 2035. According to an earlier assessment of the auto expert Ferdinand Dudenhöffer, a fixed date would make the exit predictable for manufacturers and energy suppliers.

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  • The Majority of Germans According to a recent survey from March 2021, rejects a combustion ban for new gasoline and diesel cars. When asked: "When do you think cars with combustion engines should stop being sold in Germany?", 55 percent of those surveyed said: "No time limit." The opinion research institute Civey surveyed a total of 2502 citizens on behalf of the Berlin "Tagesspiegel" on March 15 and 16, 2021. From 2030 onwards, the Greens want to "only allow emission-free new cars". According to the survey, only 22 percent of the citizens surveyed agree to this demand. Even among the Greens supporters: only 55 percent are in favor of such a ban on gasoline and diesel cars.

  • Several Environmental associations asked German carmakers in a joint letter in March 2021 not to sell any new vehicles with internal combustion engines by 2030 at the latest. Manufacturers such as Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW would instead have to gear their production towards "efficient and low-consumption electric vehicles," according to the letter signed by the Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz (BUND), Germanwatch and Deutsche Umwelthilfe, among others. For hybrid vehicles, the demand for a sales stop applies equally, as the signatories explained. "The SUV models that have been announced are a mistake in terms of climate policy," write the associations, which also reject synthetic fuels and fuels from biomass in road traffic. The EU Commission wants to propose new and more ambitious emission limit values ​​for cars and vans by the end of 2021. They should come into force in 2025. As a result, the automotive industry fears that the classic combustion engine will end prematurely - exactly what environmental associations are now emphatically calling for.

  • While more and more countries in Europe want to force a ban on the sale of internal combustion engines, a study commissioned by Greenpeace deals with the future of gasoline and diesel cars. According to their knowledge, their sale would have to be stopped by 2028 at the latest in order to be able to achieve the goals of the Paris climate protection agreement. Twelve years later, in 2040, all combustion engines would have to be banned from Europe's roads. The study by the research institutes Climact and NewClimate claims to have found that greenhouse emissions have declined in almost all economic sectors over the past few years. But the emissions from traffic are not - they are currently 28 percent higher than in 1990. Greenpeace spokesman Benjamin Stephan therefore describes it as a "dirty corner in climate protection". In addition to the bans on petrol and diesel cars, according to the study, it must also be ensured that the number of cars in the EU will drop by 47 percent by 2040. In order to be able to continue to guarantee mobility, cycle paths and the rail network would have to be expanded.More on the topic: The CO2 balance of electric cars

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  • The boss of the Industry association VDA, Hildegard Müller, spoke out in the "Süddeutsche Zeitung" in mid-March 2021 against the move by Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer. With the current state of electrification, an exit from combustion technology would be too early and one could "not have a discussion about annual figures". The Greens' demand that cars should be emission-free by 2030, she replied that around 30 million petrol and diesel would then be banned. Müller sees "more fuel from sustainable sources" as a better alternative. Commenting on the EU plans for a new, significantly stricter Euro 7 emissions standard, the head of the industry association VDA: "The commission wants to stipulate that in future a vehicle must remain virtually emission-free in every driving situation - be it with a trailer on a mountain or in slow city traffic. That is technically impossible and everyone knows that ". The planned tightening would therefore amount to a ban on internal combustion engines. The "Bild am Sonntag" reported in November 2020 on a study that should serve as the basis for the Euro 7 standard and in some cases suggest significantly stricter rules than in the Euro 6 emissions standard. First, the results will be discussed and later, in the first half of 2021, Impact assessments of the Euro 7 standard are published. Nothing has been decided yet.

  • The CSU boss Markus Söder and the head of the Federal Environment Agency, Dirk Messner, want a registration ban for cars with internal combustion engines from 2035. "I am very much in favor of us setting an end date from the point in time when fossil burners with fossil fuels can no longer be registered again" , said the CSU boss Söder at a party convention of the CSU. "California has shown the way," Messner told the newspapers of the Funke media group. "I think a ban on new registrations for diesel and gasoline engines from 2035 is a good idea." The most populous US state of California wants to drastically reduce car emissions and only allow zero-emission new vehicles from 2035 onwards.

  • The EU commission is looking for a possible end date for the sale of gasoline and diesel cars - and much earlier than previously planned. This emerges from an official letter from the Brussels authority to the EU Parliament, the Council and other European bodies at the end of September 2020. Specifically, it says here: "In the coming months, the Commission will review what is required in the (transport) sector so that it can contribute to climate neutrality by 2050 and from what point in time cars with internal combustion engines should no longer be on the market. " However, it should take at least six months before the Commission submits detailed proposals. Since the Commission alone cannot issue a ban on combustion engines, the EU could transfer this to the member states, according to a report by "Spiegel" in expert circles. At the federal level, the Greens last had it in November 2019 calls for a ban on internal combustion engines.

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ZEV Alliance: Combustion prohibition for gasoline and diesel cars in Germany foreseeable

In fact, with Germany's accession to the ZEV (zero-emission vehicle) alliance at the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, there is already a specific timetable for a ban on internal combustion engines and petrol and diesel cars. The aim of the alliance is to ban all means of transport that are not emission-free from the roads by 2050 at the latest - a ban on burners seems inevitable in the future. In addition to Germany, the association already includes other countries, regions and states: Great Britain, the Netherlands, Norway, eight US states (including California) and the Canadian province of Quebec want to force the ban on internal combustion engines. The aim of the efforts is to reduce global pollutant emissions by up to 40 percent and to help prevent climate change. In addition, the annual savings from the combustion ban are estimated at a considerable one billion tons of CO2 emissions.

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Great Britain (Scotland): Internal combustion engines banned from 2030?

The UK originally planned to ban internal combustion engines by 2035 at the latest. Now, in November 2020, Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to ban the sale of diesel and gasoline vehicles as early as 2030. In addition to the combustion ban, the UK has also committed to becoming climate neutral by 2050. The Scottish government is pursuing similar plans: there should no longer be any gasoline or diesel cars on the roads by 2032. At the same time, the government pledged to expand the charging infrastructure for electric cars and to be climate-neutral by 2045.

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Ireland to consider banning petrol and diesel cars from 2030

According to the Irish government's plans, a combustion ban could come into force in 2030 and the sale of diesel and petrol could be banned. In a further step, all vehicles with internal combustion engines could even lose their registration from 2045. In return, it is planned to increasingly invest in the charging infrastructure. By 2025, at least one charging station should be available at every newly constructed building with over ten parking spaces. The government's plans are part of a comprehensive climate protection plan designed to help meet climate targets and reduce the country's high greenhouse gas emissions.


Internal combustion engine ban in Denmark & ​​Norway

Denmark wants a ban on gasoline and diesel cars: The sale of pure combustion engines is to expire by 2030, said former Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen in October 2018 in front of the Danish parliament. Instead, the Danes should rely on hybrid, electric or other low-emission vehicles. By 2035, according to the vision of the former Prime Minister, every new car in Denmark should be electrically or otherwise emission-free. Rasmussen failed to provide more detailed information on the ban on internal combustion engines. In Norway, gasoline and diesel cars are to be banned as early as 2025 and thus a general ban on combustion engines. In the Scandinavian country, 50 percent of the newly registered vehicles are already electric cars.

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Sweden names time to ban petrol and diesel cars

In Sweden, too, petrol and diesel cars are no longer to be sold from 2030. Prime Minister Stefan Löfven spoke out in favor of a general ban on internal combustion engines. With this step, Sweden wants to advance the goals of the Paris World Climate Agreement. With the end of vehicles with fossil fuels, the charging and tank network for vehicles with alternative drives is to be expanded at the same time.

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USA: State of California bans internal combustion engines from 2035

The US state of California will ban new cars with gasoline or diesel engines from 2035. As announced by Governor Gavin Newsom, the ban on internal combustion engines affects both cars and trucks. According to the decree, used gasoline or diesel vehicles should continue to drive and be resold.