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17 Aug 2017

“Will Merkel really ban ICE cars in Germany?”


Despite German Chancellor Angela Merkel “unexpectedly” signalling support for an eventual ban of internal combustion engine (ICE) cars, it is unlikely she will actually push for an early phase-out, writes Zachary Shahan in an opinion piece for CleanTechnica. “I think Merkel is playing an aggressive card with her new line of commentary in order to put a little pressure on the automakers (and genuinely try to help them not get burned),” writes Shahan. However, he would “still be shocked” if the Chancellor actually signed onto a ban that would take effect before 2040.

Read the opinion piece in English here.

For background, read the CLEW factsheet The debate over an end to combustion engines in Germany.

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