Germany and E.U. Agree to Exception in Planned Ban on Combustion Engines
Berlin has been pushing to allow the sale of vehicles running on synthetic fuels past 2035. Its dispute with the E.U. threatened the blocs climate goals.
The German government has reached an agreement with the European Union to allow the sale of vehicles that burn fuels made from renewable energy past 2035, resolving a dispute that threatened to upset a key element of the blocs path to climate neutrality.
Volker Wissing, Germanys Minister for Transportation, said on Saturday that Berlin had won assurances from negotiators that the rules for new vehicles would be technology neutral, allowing carbon-neutral synthetic fuels, known as e-fuels, to be used. Germany had been pushing for an exception to the E.U.s proposed 2035 ban on internal combustion engines.