Hundreds of scientists are concerned that the EU Parliament could vote in favor of a ban on new combustion engine cars next week. They came together in an “International Association for Research into Sustainable Drive and Vehicle Technology” (IASTEC) and wrote an open letter to the European parliamentarians. In it, they express “great concerns” about banning internal combustion engines from 2035.
The experts, especially from the fields of mechanical engineering, process engineering and chemistry, believe that the CO₂ balance of battery-powered cars (BEV) is much worse than is often stated, partly because the additional electricity requirement would initially have to be covered primarily by fossil fuels. In addition, the one-sided focus on this form of mobility could lead to greater dependence on China.
The signatories to the open letter (PDF) advocate the further development of electromobility, but at the same time rely on biofuels and synthetic fuels, so-called reFuels. However, research into and the use of these fuels would be prevented by a ban on combustion engines. The scientists suggest using “well-designed” hybrid drives and reFuels. These fuels could soon be produced and offered on a large scale at low prices
A ban on combustion engines, on the other hand, would make vehicles more expensive in some areas, such as civil defense, the military, fire brigades, ambulances and agricultural machinery. There is also a risk that internal combustion engine know-how would be lost if all car manufacturers concentrated on battery-electric models.
Critique of IASTEC
The current letter is not the first that researchers have published under the IASTEC label. A year ago, they warned that the potential for reducing greenhouse gases from e-cars had been overestimated due to a calculation error. At the time, Professor Christian Rehtanz from the TU Dortmund criticized: “The letter is extremely embarrassing. It is a scientifically disguised lobbyist’s letter that is trying desperately to save the piston machines (professor’s chair at KIT).”
The aforementioned Professor Thomas Koch from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) also signed the current open letter. With him 313 other experts, including various from KIT, a total of around 60 from Germany. In mid-May, the Environment Committee of the European Parliament supported the position of the EU Commission that only zero-emission passenger cars and light commercial vehicles would be permitted from 2035 onwards. It is expected to be voted on in the plenary session of Parliament next week.
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