EU Moves Toward Zero-Emissions Cars After German Deal on E-Fuels
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March 27 2023

Commentary by Eoin Treacy

EU Moves Toward Zero-Emissions Cars After German Deal on E-Fuels

This article from Bloomberg may be of interest to subscribers. Here is a section:

E-fuels, made using renewable energy and carbon dioxide captured from the air, aren’t seen as a viable solution for the vast majority of cars, given their high cost and current lack of availability. Instead, the bulk of carmakers in the region are expected to remain focused on battery-powered vehicles.

“We see e-fuels as a useful addition to the existing fleet of combustion engines and for special applications such as emergency vehicles or limited series, the Porsche 911 for example,” Volkswagen said in a statement. Europe’s biggest carmaker said that it remained committed to the electrification
of its fleet.

The deal, announced on Saturday, was enough for Germany to drop its opposition to the proposal.  A push by the country’s pro-business FDP party, the junior member of Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s governing alliance, for the commission to come forward with more assurances on e-fuel cars had delayed a vote earlier this month.


Eoin Treacy's view

2035 is little more than a decade from now and that is a short period of time to completely remake the industrial infrastructure of the European heartland. High performance sports cars are a niche business and e-fuels are unlikely to gain significant market share without a major breakthrough in production costs or a significant rise in energy prices more generally which would also improve competitiveness. 

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