German Transport Minister Volker Wissing
Germany and the EU have reached an agreement to end a lingering dispute over the future of vehicles with combustion engines.
“Vehicles with internal combustion engines can still be newly registered after 2035 if they fill up exclusively with CO2-neutral fuels,” German Transport Minister Volker Wissing announced on Twitter on Saturday.
He said the agreement would “secure opportunities for Europe by retaining important options for climate-neutral and affordable mobility.”
Frans Timmermans, executive vice-president for the European Green Deal, also confirmed the deal.
“We have found an agreement with Germany on the future use of e-fuels in cars,” he tweeted.
“We will work now on getting the CO2-standards for cars regulation adopted as soon as possible, and the (European) Commission will follow-up swiftly with the necessary legal steps,” he added.