Environmental associations are calling for an end to combustion engines by 2030.German carmakers such as Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW should no longer sell internal combustion engines by 2030 at the latest, demand several environmental associations. In a joint letter, several environmental associations are calling on German carmakers not to sell any new vehicles with combustion engines by 2030 at the latest. Manufacturers such as Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW would instead have to gear their production towards “efficient and low-consumption electric vehicles,” says the letter signed by the Bund fur Umwelt und Naturschutz (BUND), Germanwatch and Deutsche Umwelthilfe, among others.
The transport sector – especially road traffic – is responsible for a large part of the climate-damaging greenhouse gas emissions. According to the Federal Environment Agency, the amount emitted in 2020 was 146 million tons. Experts attribute the reduction of 19 million tons of greenhouse gases compared to the previous year in part to less mobility during the corona pandemic. The EU Commission wants to propose new and more ambitious emission limit values for cars and vans at the end of 2021. They should come into force in 2025. As a result, the automotive industry fears that the classic combustion engine will end prematurely – exactly what environmental associations are now emphatically calling for.
While the car industry is touting their potential as a cleaner alternative. The alternative is only solution to save our world. The environmental groups argue that burning fossil fuels such all-electric cars or hybrids instead of driving with gasoline and diesel engine will allow less air pollution. Especially in hot climates like those found on coasts but also across Europe’s most populated countries. Even if it means losing some emissions from vehicles’ exhaust pipes, they claim, there won’t be too much difference between new hybrid models available today and older ones using gas and oil.