"Actual ban on combustion engines, neither innovation-friendly nor open to technology, consumers' freedom of choice is restricted, no assessment of the social consequences", so clearly criticized the President of the Association of the Automotive Industry, Hildegard Müller, of the plans of the EU Commission on the way to so-called "climate neutrality." ".
But what is now supposed to change industrial policy as hard as a hammer is not yet legal. In addition, the intentions of the Commission itself are controversial within the Commission. Behind the “Green Deal” appearance by Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, the conflicts are still hidden and will soon break open, especially in the coordination with the EU countries.
Kowtowing in front of the NGOs has consequences for the industry
Judging by the successes she has left behind in the federal government as Minister of Family, Labor and Defense, it is to be feared that the "Green Deal" will also show signs of a great failure in a few years' time. It will be all the more important now that voices like Hildegard Müller's are louder and that the appeasement policy of leading industrial managers towards green ideology is over. Anyone who, like Siemens boss Joe Kaeser, born Josef Käser, or now also Audi boss Markus Duesmann, over-fulfills the EU directives in advance obedience before they are announced or come into force, submits to obscure NGOs that adopt their ideologies get financed by the taxpayer.
Now it remains to be seen whether the applause donated to the “Green Deal” by the clapping EU countries and politicians will also lead to the demands for a rapid expansion of the charging infrastructure being implemented. Regarding the plans announced by the EU Commission, VDA President Hildegard Müller explains: “With the fleet limit of 2035g planned for 0, the EU Commission is actually proposing a ban on internal combustion engines - this also applies to hybrids and light commercial vehicles. This is hostile to innovation and the opposite of being open to technology. Consumers' freedom of choice is unnecessarily restricted. The acceleration of the transformation required as a result can hardly be achieved, especially for many suppliers. The impact on jobs in this area will be significant. There is a lack of balancing that includes all aspects of the economic and social impact. "
The way to the goal separates the spirits
However, the automotive industry supports the EU Commission's goal of making Europe the first continent in the world to be climate-neutral by 2050 at the latest. In principle, there is agreement with the Commission on the goals, but not on the way to get there.
The VDA also points out: “Last but not least, we need 100 percent green electricity for all electric vehicles. This is the only way we can win the trust of consumers. The fueling infrastructure for hydrogen should also be expanded much faster than proposed by the Commission. "