German transport minister says quick end to combustion engine “nonsense”
Germany’s transport minister Alexander Dobrindt told magazine Focus that the Green Party’s plan to end the production of combustion engines by 2030 was “utter nonsense” because it would massively cost jobs in Germany’s core industrial sector. Organising the exchange of 45 million vehicles could not be done in a few years, he said. “The e-car is part of the future. If it is the sole future cannot be foreseen today.” Dobrindt also rejected calls to ban diesel cars in cities and announced a fund to create masterplans for modern mobility in cities, jointly financed by the government and carmakers.