The end of the burner: threaten even sharper specifications?

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The end of the burner: threaten even sharper specifications?-threaten

The traffic light coalition gives gas … forgiveness: electricity. And increases the speed of the switch to e-mobility. The phasing out of combustion engines by 2035 has long since been decided, but the EU Parliament does not seem to be satisfied with this. According to numerous media reports, even stricter interim targets are now being demanded. As a result, owners of combustion vehicles could soon be even more financially challenged. Also: what to do with all the non-electric cars? After all, a total of over 48 million in number. And what about e-fuels?

The European Commission has today adopted a package of proposals to shape EU policies on climate, energy, land use, transport and tax to cut net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels be able. This reduction in emissions over the coming decade is a crucial step on Europe’s path to becoming the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050 and making Europe’s Green Deal a reality. Addressing increasing emissions from road transport requires a combination of measures that complement emissions trading. Stricter CO2 emission standards for cars and light commercial vehicles will accelerate the transition to zero-emission mobility, as average annual emissions from new vehicles must be 55 percent lower by 2030 and 100 percent lower by 2035 than in 2021. As a result, all new cars registered from 2035 will be emission-free. To enable vehicles to be charged or refueled on a reliable EU-wide network, the revised Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation requires Member States to increase charging capacity in line with sales volumes of zero-emission vehicles and to install refueling and recharging stations at regular intervals along major roads installed every 60 km for charging electric vehicles and every 150 km for hydrogen refuelling.

The end of the burner: threaten even sharper specifications?-threaten

Stricter intermediate goals are imminent?

So far so good. Now, however, it is the turn of the European Parliament, which has to adopt the Commission’s proposal together with the Council of Ministers, the body of the EU states – and that could tighten the requirements noticeably again. At least that’s what Dutch right-wing liberal Jan Huitema is aiming for. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) reports that the so-called rapporteur only recently presented his proposed changes to the Commission’s proposal. It is hardly surprising that these should once again exceed the actual goals. Huitema would like to raise the target for 2030 from 55 percent to even 75 percent. In addition, the manufacturers should reduce the average emissions of their new cars by 25 percent by 2025 and by 45 percent by 2027, reports the FAZ. However, there should be further tightening not only for conventional cars, but also for small vans.

In addition, Huitema has confirmed that new cars should no longer emit CO2 from 2035. The politician wants to rule out that vehicles can be operated with so-called e-fuels. E-fuels are synthetic biofuels that can be produced from hydrogen and other gases using green electricity. In theory, today’s petrol and diesel cars could also be almost climate-neutral. However, the production is sometimes quite complex and expensive. However, the use could be worthwhile, especially for premium and sports car manufacturers. For example, Porsche, in cooperation with Siemens, is driving the development and mass production of e-fuels and has already started building a commercial plant north of Punta Arenas in Chilean Patagonia. First of all, it is a pilot plant, which in 2022 will have around 130.000 liters of eFuels. The capacity is then to be expanded in two stages to around 55 million liters of eFuels by 2024 and to around 550 million liters of eFuels by 2026.

It is unclear to what extent the European Parliament will comply with Huitema’s proposals. According to the FAZ, the traffic policy spokesman for the CDU and CSU MPs, Jens Giesecke, criticized the Huitema project. He was of the opinion that a so-called bidding war would benefit neither consumers, manufacturers and workers nor the environment. Hundreds of thousands of jobs would also be at stake. And we also see this fear as a justified reaction..

The next problem: where do the disused burners go?

For the time being, Germany does not need to be afraid of new standards for nitrogen oxide emissions. Because the Federal Republic recently prevailed in the dispute over limit values ​​for cars of the Euro 6 emission standard before the ECJ. According to, the court found that the EU Commission had allegedly wrongly interpreted these limit values less strictly when introducing measurements in real driving operations (real drive emissions – RDE). The laboratory values were significantly lower than those that occur in real driving. In contrast, the cities of Madrid, Paris and Brussels had successfully sued the EU court. However, the ECJ has now ruled that the cities were not entitled to take legal action because the corresponding regulation does not directly affect them.

Ultimately, this will hardly have any impact on future regulations because, according to the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), car manufacturers are already well below the current Euro 6 value with emissions of 40 grams per kilometer. The groups are clearly focusing on the Euro 7 standard, for which the EU Commission would like to present a specific proposal this spring. Then there are stricter requirements for the emission of pollutants such as CO2, NOx or particulate matter. According to the FAZ, the VDA argues: “In view of the ongoing switch to electric cars, it makes little sense to prescribe new, much stricter limit values for combustion cars, because extremely high investments are necessary to save the last percent of pollutants.”.

It remains to be seen whether the political course is the right one. Above all, it is questionable what will happen to all the disused vehicles in the event of an imminent ban on combustion engines – after all, there are 48 million in this country alone! Statistically, most cars go out through leasing programs, according to the, some providers are now even calculating a higher risk premium for combustion engines in the price calculation because the remarketing of these cars is likely to become more difficult. And to promote low-emission cars, older cars are being sorted out en masse and exported abroad, especially in Africa. According to the Federal Statistical Office, there are around half a million every year – and the trend is rising. Exporting more and more combustion engines that have been phased out in this country to poorer countries is a huge problem, he says. However, stopping the export of used cars, as required by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), is not a solution. like continues, even imported new cars in Africa would often mutate into air pollution in a short time. In addition, the fuel quality on site is often second-rate and there is a lack of solid maintenance in specialist workshops and mandatory exhaust gas tests. This is an additional security risk. There, however, people are happy about the still good and cheap vehicles. For this reason alone, the demand for used cars from Germany will not drop anytime soon. That is probably one of the downsides of electromobility..

Sources:, taz.en,, southern,,, European Court of Justice (ECJ)

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6 thoughts on “The end of the burner: threaten even sharper specifications?”

  1. Our export of disused combustion engines ends exactly when 99% drive here electrically and there are therefore no more used combustion engines to be sold here. So probably approx. Exports will also end 15 years after new combustion cars are no longer sold here. In this respect, this is not the “downside of electromobility”, but only the switch here with us will ensure that, with a few years’ delay, the volume of combustion engine exports will also fall to zero. This is by no means a “downside” but another positive aspect of change in this country. The longer combustion engines are bought in this country, the longer combustion engine exports will last. It could be more questionable whether used e-mobiles will even manage to be exported at all if good prices for the used batteries for a grid-stabilising 2nd life are (should be) offered in this country.
    However, if you want to start a revolt in this country, you have to really force people to use e-mobiles and at the same time prevent the market drain of used combustion engines. There are infinitely many agitators looking forward to FOCUS, WELT, telegram and Co. right on it. Then you really did everything right.

  2. If climate catastrophes continue to increase in the next few years, then the combustion engine lobby will simply run out of arguments, because neither the existing combustion engine sales nor the jobs in the combustion engine sector can justify the billions in damage suffered by citizens worldwide every year.

    In short – the climate will give the combustion engine lobby a hard “blow in the face” with their arguments.

    And as Peter wrote, our old combustion engines will supply the poorer countries with old combustion engines in the next 15 years until enough people can be supplied with e-cars there too.

    We urgently need the “energy transition from below” through less bureaucracy and lower taxes on PV and wind power plants. And the big corporations can participate in the energy transition instead of constantly sabotaging it, then everyone would be helped – the companies, the citizens and the climate.

  3. Why does anyone still need a car with a combustion engine these days??
    Actually nobody, because the range of BEVs is already very good.
    In other words, anyone who still decides to buy a combustion engine will intentionally damage the climate.
    This is exactly what will move conscious car buyers so much in the future that there will be no more 2035 for combustion engines.
    We cannot aim to save the environment in the coming decades if there is already irreparable damage to it today.
    Even the dumping of old combustors in third countries must be prevented, as must waste disposal there.

  4. I enjoy reading along here and recently almost bought a Tesla M3. However, for climate protection and cost reasons, I decided on an A4 G-Tron.

    https://www.cng club.en/CNG-Club-Member-OrangeGas-is-targeting-climate-neutrality

    I’m not against electrics myself, but we have to do something for the climate now! That’s why I don’t understand why so many petrol and diesel engines are still being sold, or why bus operators are switching from CNG and electric back to diesel!?! It really doesn’t have to be a petrol or diesel engine these days! People are just too lazy or ignorant! However, it is a climate sin on the part of politicians to promote hybrids where hardly anyone drives electrically. Why are CNG vehicles not funded?? These can really drive almost “climate-neutral”. And all without fossil fuels! BioCNG is the magic word. CNG is just interesting for those who are afraid of range or need a short refueling process. The range is only used as an excuse for most people.

  5. The combustion infrastructure must be shut down radically. Because the preservation of know-how and the blocked resources through dinosaur production do not serve to finance the conversion. They delay the transition and lead to offside. The dinosaurs didn’t realize that a rolling avalanche flattens everything in their path. BMW and Mercedes collapse. VW is still kicking. How long?

  6. The end of the combustion engine had long been clear:

    • However, under the CSU/CDU rule and under pressure from the CEOs and shareholders of the CDU Economic Council, the industry continued to sell the dead horses to the people as a “golden solution”, so that the wallets of these gentlemen continued to swell.

    And all this with the signs that the planet and the people are no longer doing well. We combine our Neanderthal combustion engines with the electric drive and everything will be fine. Unfortunately, only 20% of the owners of such fraudulent combustion engines use the electric drive. The main thing is to get the subsidy from the German taxpayer and drive on happily, with even more horsepower and even bigger.
    Yes, these owners all feel like they are in a golden carriage, thanks to the support of the CSU/CDU rulers.
    Thank you for this dirt that our children and grandchildren will have to breathe in for a long time. Thank you for the warming that continues to turn the catastrophe screw for this planet.
    The deviation from the actual consumption of these dirty industrial products “Made in China” has even been made socially acceptable. But fortunately, the DUH carried out its own measurements, the results of which delivered catastrophic deviations from the consumption values ​​written down in the manuals.
    Thanks A. Scheuer, the Federal Motor Transport Authority was not allowed to carry out its own measurements, here the type approvals had to be waved through.
    Thank you again Mr Scheuer.
    And I wish the day when you have to pay for this and the toll fraud (total damage in the billions for the German taxpayer).
    And the industry is still talking about the insane technical achievements in the further development of the combustion engine. Evolved yes, but only the profit margins for CEOs and shareholders.
    And then the fairy tale about the loss of jobs is being spread again and again by some CSU/CDU spokesman. The products of this industry may not be called “Made in Germany”. For that, you have to follow the rules.
    Most parts for the auto industry come from Asia. The assembly at German locations is also largely done by European temporary workers who pay neither into health nor pension funds.
    Due to the many commuters, this leads to an even worse climate balance. When it comes to sustainability, in the future we should also include the routes that commuters cause and thus emit unnecessarily CO² in the car manufacturers’ CO² balance sheet.
    And the biggest lie and fraud on people and the planet is: “according to the Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), the car manufacturers have already fallen well short of the applicable Euro 6 value with emissions of 40 grams per kilometer.”
    How does this statement, which is again a fraud on people and planet, come about?
    How did they achieve that?
    Of course, they are allowed to produce three dirty combustion engines for every BEV that they sell here. Is that sustainable?? The automotive industry is actually wondering why not only the EU recognizes that improvements need to be made here?
    And what happens to the burners? Sign out – walk or use public transport
    The buyer will be ripped off again here, with a loss in value.
    A generous offer from the subsidiaries of the automobile assembly companies to resell this Neandertal technology to Africa or Eastern Europe will hopefully be prevented. This would also have to be taken into account for the sustainability of these corporations. Because that would not solve the problem of our time and future. CSU/CDU think differently about it – oops


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