“The blame game”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel signalling support for an eventual combustion engine ban is putting the onus solely on the car industry, writes Horst Teltschik, former board member at carmaker BMW and former foreign policy advisor of the German government, in a guest commentary in Süddeutsche Zeitung. In the past decades, the car industry had tried to push for alternative drives time and again, but the government had not supported these attempts. “The experiences of the past decades show that both sides have to take on responsibility for alternative solutions,” writes Teltschik.
Read the guest commentary in German here.
For background, read the CLEW factsheet The debate over an end to combustion engines in Germany.