Munich (dpa/lby) - The Association of Bavarian Business (vbw) warns of the EU Parliament's intention to ban new combustion cars from 2035. "The expansion of the charging infrastructure is not keeping pace, but it is a basic requirement for high demand for battery-electric cars "said vbw general manager Bertram Brossardt on Thursday in Munich. In times of uncertain energy supply, disrupted supply chains and scarcity of raw materials, "we cannot simply cut off successful technology paths and move into new dependencies without jeopardizing prosperity and jobs," he warned. Openness to technology and diversification are important.
The President and State Guild Master of the Bavarian motor vehicle trade, Albert Vetterl, said: "This European technology sell-out will not leave Autoland Bavaria unscathed." The EU decision is likely to lead to a relocation of combustion engine technology to Asia and will be at the expense of medium-sized companies here. Millions of combustion cars could continue to be operated with synthetic fuels in a climate-friendly manner, the infrastructure is already in place. But "Brussels is massively curtailing individual mobility for ideological reasons - without considering the problems of e-mobility and without appropriate appreciation of sensible alternatives," said Vetterl. This intensifies the challenges for the 7,000 Bavarian motor vehicle guild companies with over 125,000 employees and 15,000 trainees.
The Bavarian Economics Minister Hubert Aiwanger (free voters) criticized the ban as ideologically motivated, unrealistic and "a fatal signal for German automotive know-how". Modern combustion engines could easily be operated with e-fuels. "But these technological perspectives are now being ignored in favor of one-sided solutions." The hydrogen drive must be promoted.