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Germany is against the ban on the sale of internal combustion engine cars in Europe


The German government is opposed to the ban on the sale of internal combustion engine cars starting from 2035. Finance Minister Christian Lindner announced this during a meeting with the BDI, an important trade association of German automotive companies.

The European Commission has proposed to ban the sale of internal combustion engine cars starting in 2035 . The ban applies to all petrol and diesel powered cars, including hybrid cars. From 2035 it would become possible to sell only fully electric cars. The measure is part of the EU ‘s ambitious plan to reduce CO2 emissions by 55% by 2030.

Two weeks ago the European Parliament approved the Commission’s proposal, rejecting an amendment that would have allowed car manufacturers to continue selling – in small quantities – endothermic cars even after 2035. The proposal aimed to save the sports cars of the European tradition, such as the supercars produced by Ferrari and Lamborghini.

Minister Cingolani also spoke recently on the issue of ecological transition, arguing that Italy – more than electric – should give priority to hybrid cars, reiterating that in Italy there are still 12 million cars with a standard below Euro 4 .

Christian Lindner, who is a member of the liberal Free Democrats party , while reiterating that Germany must have the goal of becoming a world leader in the production of electric cars, has declared his opposition to the proposal to ban all internal combustion engine cars starting from 2035. “The government will not give a favorable opinion on the Commission’s proposal,” he said.


Linder’s FDP rules together with the German Socialist Party and the Greens, both in favor of the Commission’s proposal. The minister’s recent statement could lead to a major rift within the majority.


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