But now that awkward compromise is fraying as key members of the government publicly brawled while EU ministers on Tuesday negotiated their position on the Commission’s proposal.
Germany’s Finance Minister and FDP leader Christian Lindner said last week that he was ready to renege on the coalition understanding following intense auto industry lobbying, warning of major job losses if the bloc moves ahead with its zero emissions plan.
He threatened to block it unless there were significant changes to allow for alternatives, such as e-fuels, that could keep combustion engines alive.
That caused immediate blowback in Berlin, with Environment Minister Steffi Lemke, from the Greens, rejecting Lindner’s gambit and saying the federal government should stick to its “previously agreed course.”
Poland said on Monday it won’t back the phaseout. Last week, Italy, Bulgaria, Portugal, Romania and Slovakia suggested pushing the phaseout date to 2040 and trimming the 2035 target to 90 percent. The French government has also expressed skepticism.
Until semi conductor shortage ends and EV manufacturers come up a comparable vehicle,cost-wise, to the IC methinks there will be no ban on IC vehicles.