E-Fuels: EU Commission must ultimately submit a proposal for regulation

    Berlin, February 28, 2023

    VDA President Hildegard Müller:

    "We need all climate-friendly technologies to achieve the EU climate goals. Therefore it's appropriate that the debate about the contribution of e-fuels is now being held again. The VDA has long advocated that renewable fuels such as e-fuels can also make a contribution to the defossilization of all road traffic especially in fueling the existing vehicle population. They are also an important supplement to the ramp-up of electromobility. Europe can only achieve its ambitious CO2 reduction targets on a course that allows for all potential solutions in a technology-open manner.

    It's the turn of the EU Commission - and not just since today. The Council compromise from the summer of last year provides for a clear recital that describes the approval of vehicles that can be proven to be fueled with e-fuels after 2035 outside of fleet regulations. This must now finally be spurred by the Commission with a concrete regulation proposal.

    For its part, the federal government is called upon to speak up in Brussels with a strong and unified voice for all technologies that can contribute to the climate goals.

    At the same time, there is no reason for any slow down in the electromobility ramp-up! I would like to stress that this is not an either/or issue – electromobility remains the central technology for achieving the climate goals in transport. The EU must therefore get much more involved here and finally create the conditions so that the ramp-up of e-mobility can pick up speed throughout the EU. In particular, the development of a comprehensive and reliable European charging and H2 tank infrastructure must finally be pushed ahead with determination. Such a network is currently a long way off. The AFIR proposal by the EU Commission is clearly too unambitious and needs to be adjusted urgently."

    Eva Siegfried
    Press Office

    Eva Siegfried

    Speaker with focus on economics

    eva.siegfried@vda.de
    +49 171 3675056