parts of the Federal government have reacted with Regret at the compromise for new CO2 limits in Brussels. “We would have liked certainly something else,” said the Parliamentary state Secretary in the Ministry of transport, Enak Ferlemann (CDU), on Tuesday in Germany radio. “But so is the requirement of the European Union is.”

negotiators of the EU States and the European Parliament decided yesterday that the CO2 emissions of new cars should be reduced by 2030 by 37.5 percent in comparison to 2021. For light commercial vehicles, CO2, was agreed on-a reduction of 31 percent. As an intermediate target to be achieved in two classes of vehicle by 2025, a reduction of 15 per cent.

Schulze: “consumers could look forward to a more fuel-efficient cars”

Germany originally wanted to only 30 per cent CO2 reduction, had then agreed to a compromise with the 28 EU States for a 35 percent reduction. With 37.5 per cent of the requirements have become now, once again, a little sharper. The European Parliament had insisted on 40 percent.

While the Federal government is contrite, the Federal environment Minister, Svenja Schulze welcomes the EU compromise to more stringent climate protection requirements for new cars. “This decision is an important building block for climate protection in the transport sector. In order to achieve our climate targets must be more to follow.”

The car maker would have to make an effort, so that new vehicles emit by 2030, the required 37.5 per cent less CO2 than 2021, said Schulze. But the incentives for more efficient cars and clean mobility strengthened the car’s location, Europe. “The EU Standards will cause manufacturers to invest not only in China, but also in electric mobility and future jobs,” she said. Consumers could look forward to a more fuel-efficient cars.

VW wants to be reacted to increase the proportion of electric cars on total sales

Volkswagen, however, immediately. VW-in-chief Herbert Diess announced directly after the decision in Brussels, the renovation of the VW fleet will be faster than planned. With the tightening of the fleet target, the group must lift the share of E-cars in the total sales by 2030, to over 40 percent, said Diess in Wolfsburg.

“This is not to say that our proposed reconstruction program for this system change is necessary, yet sufficient,” said Diess. Possibly other nitro models would have to be eliminated and the plant structures of the radical rebuilt and a further battery cell factories to be built.

Volkswagen has so far assumed that the CO2 emissions should decrease by 2030 to 30 percent, said Diess. Due to the pressure from Brussels, VW and other major manufacturers have to plan now.

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