Minister of Transport: We not only need e-cars, but also climate sprit

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After an explosive interview, Wissing clarifies: not only e-cars, but also climate fuel

Minister of Transport: We not only need e-cars, but also climate sprit-e-cars
Laurence Chaperon / BMVI Federal Transport Minister Volker Wissing (FDP)

According to a media report, FDP Transport Minister Volker Wissing makes synthetic fuels canceled and only wants electric cars in Germany. In the Bundestag, the minister now made it clear what his strategy is.

In the Bundestag election campaign, FDP boss Christian Lindner had very clearly advertised with technology openness: the FDP was for e-mobility, but also against a ban on new internal combustion engines-provided that they will become more climate-friendly with synthetic fuels in the future. Lindner’s party colleague and transport minister Volker Wissing now expressed in an interview with the "Daily mirror" completely different views: "We have to use the different energy sources where they are most efficient. This is the electric drive for cars", he said therefore. The EU also clearly decided on e-mobility.

E-fuel, i.e. synthetic fuels, will be needed primarily for air traffic. "For the foreseeable future, however, we will not have enough e-fuel to operate the now approved cars with an combustion engine", So continue. Representatives of electromobility interpreted this as a cancellation of Wissings to the open technology.

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Confusion about Wissing statement: E-fuel yes or no?

In yesterday’s debate on mobility in the Bundestag, however, Wissing made it clear that the race was by no means decided in the long term. He made it clear that the traffic light coalition had 15 million electric vehicles on the streets by 2030 and therefore wanted to promote the expansion strongly. Electromobility is a "quickly available" Means of emission reduction – "If we want to reduce CO2 quickly, we have to use it more strongly", so Wissing (direct link to the question).

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However, he also said that e-fuel would have to supplement e-mobility if one wanted to achieve the self-infected climate goals: "Not only in air traffic, but also in shipping, commercial vehicles and of course also in the existing fleets of the cars. Every contribution to CO2 reduction is important. Mobility must continue to develop in the future. Using available technology should therefore never mean pronouncing new technologies. Mobility is diverse, so we cannot switch everything to a drive", so Wissing.

"Electromobility is important component"

Site asked in Wissing’s Ministry how such different statements can be made within a short time. The answer from the Ministry corresponds to Wissing’s statements in the Bundestag: "We therefore strive for at least 15 million electric cars by 2030. The short -term climate -neutral mobility in private transport is electromobility. If we push the switch, we also create our climate goals. ((…) Mobility must continue to develop in the future. That is why electricity -based fuels are an important component for air traffic, shipping, commercial vehicles and of course also in the existing fleets of the cars. Today we don’t know what technological opportunities the future offers us. Using available technologies must therefore never go hand in hand with the ban on new technologies."

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Opposition: only electrical would be "clear word breakage"

Wissing’s statements in "Daily mirror" were criticized by the opposition. The Union faction’s traffic policy spokesman, Thomas Bareib, said: "Federal Minister Wissing and the FDP say goodbye to alternative fuels and complete a change of course." This is a clear broken word. "So there is not much left. This harms Germany to the automotive location, and that harms climate protection, because the existing fleet also needs a CO2-friendly future, otherwise the high climate target cannot be created."

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The President of the Association of the Automotive Industry, Hildegard Muller, also called for Wissing the technology that promised in the election campaign. In contrast, praise came from the BUND environmental association. "Synthetic fuels are now not an option for the car with a view to energy efficiency, price and availability", said Bund Transport Policy chief Jens Hilgenberg.

Great challenges for all technologies

Germany’s largest auto club ADAC assumes that the ambitious climate goals for the traffic sector without e-fuel are unavailable. The traffic sector is considered a problem child because the emissions there only sink slowly, but rather stagnate. However, it is often forgotten that the traffic performance and the number of vehicles have increased significantly in parallel. The emissions per vehicle have therefore decreased, both through more electric vehicles and through more economical diesel and petrol engines.

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It remains unclear whether and when climatic prit can become an alternative to e-models. In fact, various companies are working on synthetic fuels worldwide – you can find an overview of the current status here. Even the Volkswagen Group, whose CEO Herbert Diess actually wants to get rid of gasoline and diesel buyers and only sell electric cars.

However, both technologies face considerable challenges in terms of emission reduction:

  • Electric cars and plug-in hybrid are not only, but also very popular because of the high amounts of funding and make up almost 50 percent in new car sales. Electromobility is calculated in the EU with zero grams CO2 in the fleet billing, but this is not realistic. Because depending on the respective electricity mix, e-cars sometimes cause more emissions than combustion engineers . In addition, despite their repeatedly propagated technological superiority, Stromer are still significantly dependent on state funding and tax privileges – this ensures growing tax failures. The third problem: The expansion of the charging infrastructure happens considerably too slowly – according to the VDA automotive association, almost by a factor of 10. Minister of Transport Wissing wants to tackle this construction site as the first and significantly accelerate the expansion.
  • E-fuel Again, in the opinion of most experts, there are enormous potential, but will actually not be available in sufficient quantities in the short term, but probably only in a few years. In addition, production is still too expensive, so that the climate fuel at the petrol pump is not yet competitive. For the car manufacturers, however, the problem arises that they have to know quite soon whether they can expect a mass use of e-fuel or not. Otherwise, there would be no incentive for them – at least in Europe – to rely on a different technology than on state -funded e -mobility. Because that you will pave all the ways if possible is already certain.

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Germany is still relevant at all?

Regardless of whether Germany will drive a primary electrical strategy or not – on a global scale, what happens in the German automotive sector is increasingly uninteresting. There is not only uncertainty in Germany. In China, for example, the largest automotive market in the world, the future drive strategy is still unclear. Although the Chinese adhere to electric quotas and support the growth of large electric car players such as NIO, BYD, XPENG or Tesla, but also cease state support for electric cars in 2022 .

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In addition, China could soon end the special status of the e-models, as is currently still available in the EU: "It looks as if there will be a changeover from the fuel consumption control to a CO2 control, in which electric vehicles are also counted, ”explains Jochen Siebert, Managing Director of JSC Automotive from Shanghai. However, the electric cars would lose a great advantage in all countries with many fossil energies – to which China belongs to China. China puts on strong "Greens" Hydrogen, which Europe or Japan also do. “The difference is that China no longer sees a main goal of replacing combustion engines with electric motors. We believe that the focus of the CO2 reduction on other modes of transport, industry, electricity generation, construction, the digital sector and agriculture is shifted, ”says Siebert.

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11 thoughts on “Minister of Transport: We not only need e-cars, but also climate sprit”

  1. Always forward, never backwards!
    That should be the motto of the Minister of Transport Wissing. The combustion technically high … That should be the motto of the Minister of Transport Wissing. In the future, the high-energy e-mobility, which is highly developed in terms of combustion technology, will be the future and no e-fuel that consume 7x as much battery indoors as conventional combustion engines.

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  2. In a few years…
    … the discussion about e-fuel is no longer conducted anyway. Then cars with combustion engines are an almost extinct locomotion technique, a fossil like the black and white tube television. The battery-electrical electrical mobility will then be the be-all and end-all, with accordance, for which the fossil combustion carts would have needed a 500-liter tank and charged via the street surface. No more fuel stops, as in the Auto-Steinzeit, to pump a stinking broth from hydrocarbon compounds into a tank. Well, this is the future, and electromobility in your run does not stop nor Wissing. E-fuel, combustion engines… But that’s something like that and who comes too late, we already know that… 😉

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  3. Nightingale, I hear the Lindner Trapsen
    E-fuel yes or no? Yes, say the members of the association for prolongation of the combustion engine. No, say the representatives of an efficient mobility transition towards climate -neutral drives. The new Minister of Economic Affairs initially had a very reasonable opinion: "We have to use the different energy sources where they are most efficient. This is the electric drive for cars.“E-fuel will be V.A. need for air traffic: "For the foreseeable future we will not have enough e-fuel to operate the now approved cars with combustion engine ". Suddenly turns 180 degrees. Suddenly we need e-fuel "Not only in air traffic "but" of course also in the existing fleets of the cars ". Because of the "open technology". Aaaha! Comment S. headline.

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  4. E car
    Mr. Wissing has now shown his true face in the NTV interview. Anyone who does not voluntarily switch to e -mobility will be forced to do so. Politicians are power people….If you have power, you will no longer release them. Unfortunately experienced too often….

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  5. Nobody wants e-fuel anyway
    … They are too expensive for the drivers themselves, others do not want to see the additional wind turbines that are needed for their production. So a dispute over Kaiser’s beard. The only purpose of the e-fuel is or was to negotiate a few more years of inactivity among conventional car drives, which of course not be refueled with e-fuel, but with fossil fuel.

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  6. Always this conscious beautiful calculation
    At the battery car. That is already in the Lower Austria of fake news when the CO2 production is deliberately omitted when building the batteries. E-car drivers will be surprised in the future if you can no longer charge your car at any time. Great Britain is already planning fixed times when charging is not possible. And Germany will have to follow up, since the power supply will be dependent on abroad in the future (if sore and sun is missing) and foreign countries will not deliver or at extremely high prices.

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  7. Every E-Aut owner
    Can apply for his e-car for a THG quota-quota greenhouse gas reduction rate on the Internet and get € 300. Simply photograph the vehicle registration at the front and back and upload. The money comes every year. For me that is enough for 5 thousand km for free driving. I hope that it also comes for solar cells and solar thermal systems on the roof, so that the citizens also have benefits from the CO2 savings.

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  8. Mr. Bauer
    This subsidy is actually an eye swiping, as long as the electricity does not come from generative production, as well as the determination of zero emissions for e-cars. But look forward to the alimentation of taxpayers for your driving pleasure as long as it still persists.

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  9. 15 million. VEHICLES
    By 2030. The traffic light will definitely no longer experience the government responsibility. Nobody asked me if I would like to subordinate my private and working life and all my actions to the climate. When will we finally get a direct democracy, where we are all asked directly on important topics? Individual people decide on nuclear phase-out (because de yes is such a tsunami and earthquake area) and together with the economy, e-mobility is forced us. All earn, only the little man/woman has nothing of it. Actually completely no matter who you choose or whether at all, they do what they want anyway. For me it was the last time I took part in a choice. All of yours "Compromise", make me sick

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  10. For me as loyal
    and long -term (since 1983!) FDP voters are now over … From now on only alternatives . What the FDP is currently delivering is underground – and will show her the valley of tears in the next state parliament elections .

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  11. Our commentators
    This is no longer so portable, talking about the climate, e-cars, wind turbines, solar to us, but are not a German better than we normally. And a question about politicians, who held his word after the election? Everyone pretends that it was their first choice, pitically high 3.

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