Stuttgart (dpa / lsw) - The ban on combustion engines decided by the EU Parliament does not go far enough for the Baden-Württemberg Transport Minister Winfried Hermann. The decision of the EU Parliament is "ambitious, necessary and feasible," said the Green politician on Thursday of the German Press Agency in Stuttgart. "But it is also clear that a ban on the internal combustion engine will not be enough." Hermann called for a turnaround in traffic. "If every combustion engine is replaced by an electric car, nobody will be helped in the end - least of all the environment." In addition to e-mobility, investments are therefore being made in switching to buses and trains and in cycling.
In the fight for more climate protection, the EU Parliament wants to ban the sale of new cars with combustion engines from 2035. A majority of MEPs voted in Strasbourg on Wednesday that from the middle of the next decade manufacturers will only be allowed to bring cars and vans onto the market that do not emit any greenhouse gases that are harmful to the climate. Before such a regulation can come into force, Parliament still has to come to an agreement with the EU states.
Hermann asked the Governing Council of the EU to confirm the decision - and warned that it would be "diluted" in a way that is harmful to the climate. He also called for a rapid and consistent expansion of renewable energies and the charging infrastructure.