European Commission to Allow Sale of E-Fuel Cars

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The European Commission has drafted a plan allowing sales of new cars with internal combustion engines that run only on climate neutral e-fuels, in an attempt to resolve a spat with Germany over the EU’s phasing out of combustion engine cars from 2035.


The draft proposal suggests creating a new type of vehicle category in the EU for cars that can only run on carbon neutral fuels.


Such vehicles would have to use technology that would prevent them from driving if other fuels are used, the draft said. This would include a “fueling inducement system” to stop the car from starting if it was fueled by non-carbon neutral fuels, it said.


The proposal could offer a route for car manufacturers to keep selling combustion engine vehicles after 2035, the date when a planned EU law is set to ban the sale of new CO2-emitting cars.


After months of negotiations, EU countries and the European Parliament agreed the law last year. But Germany’s Transport Ministry surprised other countries this month by lodging last-minute objections to the law, days before a final vote that would have seen it enter into force.


The ministry’s core demand is that the EU allow sales of new cars running on e-fuels after 2035. The ministry was not immediately available for comment.


On Monday, it said talks with the commission about the planned end of new combustion engines from 2035 were moving forward, but added it could not say when an agreement would be reached.




Reuters/Hauwa Abu

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