Diesel cars will continue to be necessary to reach climate protection targets, said Matthias Wissmann, president of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) in an interview with Handelsblatt. “They use 25 percent less fuel than petrol models and emit up to 15 percent less CO₂,” Wissmann told the newspaper. He adds: “A country whose power generation is based predominantly on coal perhaps has a better climate footprint with a highly modern Euro-6 diesel motor than with a purely electric one.”
Read the interview (behind paywall) in German here.
Also read the CLEW dossier The energy transition and Germany’s transport sector.