German car industry loses allies in fight against stricter EU emission limits
The German car industry continues to lobby hard to soften EU emission limits, but its foot-dragging in the shift to electric mobility has alienated EU policymakers, writes Silke Wettach in the business magazine Wirtschaftswoche. The carmakers want to postpone the transition for as long as possible in order to squeeze profits out of the combustion engine, she writes. “They’ve all got plans in the drawer,” the author quotes a high-ranking civil servant as saying. “But for cost reasons, they are postponing the shift to electric mobility.”
Find background in the dossier The Energiewende and German carmakers and the factsheet "Dieselgate" - a timeline of Germany's car emissions fraud scandal.