Up until a few weeks ago, the hardcore electricity fraction in politics, the automotive industry and associations followed the motto "You shouldn't have any other gods besides the electric drive". They wish the internal combustion engine - no matter what fuel it would sip from its tank - to hell, that according to their wishes the climate policy desired salvation was to be found exclusively and solely in the electric drive with battery operation and electricity from the socket. Only in this way would environmentally friendly and green mobility be possible. VW chief Herbert Diess even insisted publicly that politicians shouldn't even think about alternatives.
However, the eternally yesterday's, for example at Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen or the German Environmental Aid Association, still stick to their dogma. Three days before Pentecost, the association warned of "counterproductive incentives to buy cars with combustion engines or plug-in hybrids". Green Party leader Anton Hofreiter blew the same horn three days later and also declined a purchase premium for cars with diesel and gasoline engines. However, he immediately received a harsh protest from his party friend Winfried Kretschmann, the Prime Minister of Baden-Württemberg. “You cannot raise an industry if you only promote a small part of its products. In the first quarter, electric cars only made up 3,9 percent, ”he said in the newspapers of the Funke media group.
Nonetheless, Norbert Walter-Borjans, one of the two SPD leaders, hurried to parrot the Hofreiter slogan. Obviously, it doesn't matter that the production of batteries unduly harms the environment and is also to blame for climate change. But secretly quietly and quietly, a renaissance has recently begun for the combustion engine - promoted from the very top. In a statement by the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) it can now be read: “There is a great deal of agreement in the VDA that we can only decarbonize private transport in the long term if we use all available technologies: electrification of vehicle fleets; medium and long-term fuel cell technology, especially in the area of heavy trucks; further optimization of the internal combustion engine and the use of renewable fuels such as synthetic fuels and hydrogen. ”
The most recent impetus for this was at Pentecost Federal Education Minister Anja Karliczek from the CDU. Before the Corona crisis, she said in an interview with the business newspaper “Handelsblatt”: “When it comes to the national hydrogen strategy, we should think green, global and big.” Now, like Kretschmann, she repeated her request in the newspapers of the Funke media group, announcing there "to want to build up Cape Canaveral of Hydrogen" in Germany with an innovation campaign worth billions. To this end, standards should be set in the research, development and production of the alternative fuel. It is said literally that an innovation offensive “Hydrogen Republic Germany” should be implemented by the state with billions of dollars by 2025. “We want to become world champions in the field of green hydrogen. We want to research, develop and manufacture technologies in Germany that set standards worldwide and have the potential for new export hits "Made in Germany", "affirmed the Minister. She announced that the federal government would shortly adopt the national hydrogen strategy. Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz counted the establishment of a hydrogen infrastructure among the possible measures in the Corona crisis. In the meantime, the topic of "hydrogen" as an agenda item at the next cabinet meeting has disappeared, but the bosses of the Association of Machine and Plant Manufacturers (VDMA), the German Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (DWV) and the German Gas Association and Wasserfach (DVGW) protested by letter to Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier (CDU) and Federal Minister for the Environment Svenja Schulze (SPD). So something is happening, and luckily postponed does not mean being canceled. (ampnet / hrr)