Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The end of the engine: Norway just want clean cars – Tagesspiegel

According to the German automaker president to Norway is on the way in the planned economy. If the school does what projects the Scandinavians on their roads, it is close to the auto industry. According indignantly commented Matthias Wissmann, many years CDU research ministers before in the federal government and for some time president of the Association of the Auto Industry (VDA), the ideas from the far north. “They pave the way for an ecological planned economy,” complained Wissmann, predicting “massive economic and social upheavals” if the plans would reality.

As part of the “National Transport Plan” discuss the Norwegians currently the end of the cars with combustion engines. When it comes to the current government, then to be approved by more 2025 onwards no new gasoline and diesel vehicles. The transport sector is, as everywhere in the “developed” industrialized countries, but also increasingly in emerging markets, heavily involved in the CO2 emissions. After the ban on cars in 2025 the Norwegians floats then 2030 the end for ships and ferries with internal combustion engines before. And in the air and heavy traffic to biofuel gradually conventional petrol and diesel substitute

Everywhere is about prohibitions thought

At least this point divides VDA President Wissmann:. “The highly efficient combustor, especially based on renewable fuels, and the electric vehicle are not opposites but complement each other, “he said on Tuesday. Both types of drive for a long time are still necessary, “if the policy aims to achieve ambitious climate targets.” Moreover ignores the policy as in the case of Norway, “the client’s needs,” said Wissmann.

This is true, however, not only for, in terms of population numbers, with five million inhabitants relatively small Norway. When it comes to the Indian energy minister, cars are there from 2030 only allowed without emissions. And also in the Netherlands and Austria there are appropriate plans. The Paris mayor will leave no more diesel cars in the city center, and in London have motorists pay an extra fee in June, when they drive their gasoline in the city. Finally, there is increasingly driving bans in major Chinese cities, when you can barely see over 100 meters there because of the smog.

Economic Affairs Baakenhafen has 2030 views

The German is the car lot worth – and frowned upon in accordance with government guidelines in this country or even bans as a nationwide speed limit. Yet a State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs a few months ago has dared “Time” a look into the future of automobiles in the weekly newspaper. “If we do not want to travel with gasoline and diesel fuel still in 2050, the conversion of the drives from fossil to renewable by 2030 must be carried out. The emissions of newly sold vehicles will have to be zero, “Rainer Baake wrote with regard to the average useful life of a car of 20 years. So if it was up to the Secretary of State, who was appointed by the SPD Economics Minister Sigmar Gabriel took office, although he is Green, then cars in this country by 2030, prohibited engine.

15 percent of Norway cars electrically

For car President Wissmann is the mischief, he refuses technology requirements of the legislator. Limits for pollutants have proved contrary to this screw one could turn, without overtaxing the automaker. “The innovation process takes place on the market,” argues Wissmann. In the company’s engineers, inventors and engineers were sitting, “not in politics,” said the former Minister of Research and stood facing Norway clearly: “For other countries, particularly in Germany, this can be a model.” But perhaps the electric mobility. In Norway today 15 percent of new cars have an electric motor, in Germany the proportion is in the parts per thousand range.

The purchase of electric cars is strongly supported by the Norwegian government for years, including tax breaks. Around 240 million euros has it can cost the policy – extrapolated to the population that is significantly more than the government purchase premium of 600 million euros, with the Federal Government of slack demand for electric cars in this country wants to lend a helping hand. The problem here, as there, the limited range of electric cars and the nationwide supply of charging stations. For long distances you will need a long time a car with a combustion engine. with dpa


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