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EU To Mandate Zero-Impact E-Fuel Vehicles


EU To Mandate Zero-Impact E-Fuel Vehicles
Following Germany's demand that e-fuel vehicles be spared from the phase-out of new polluting vehicles, the European Union is expected to insist that e-fuel vehicles be 100% carbon neutral if they are to be sold beyond 2035.
According to the major climate policy for automobiles in the EU, which countries agreed on earlier this year, all new cars sold in the EU starting in 2035 must have zero CO2 emissions.
However, following Germany's desire for this exemption, the European Commission is creating a legal pathway for the continued sale of new cars that only use e-fuels after 2035.
According to a draft EU law proposal seen by Reuters, Brussels intends to impose severe regulations on electric vehicles, mandating that they run entirely on CO2 neutral fuels.
E-fuels are regarded as carbon-neutral when they are produced using CO2 emissions that are absorbed and used to offset the CO2 released during combustion in an engine.
The proposed regulations would be more stringent than those governing low-carbon fuels in several other EU climate programmes. As an illustration, nations may use certain fuels to meet EU renewable energy requirements if they reduce emissions by 70% rather than 100%.
There were no comments on the issue from either the Commission or the German transport minister.
"Especially when it comes to reducing CO2 emissions of the existing fleet -- which already comprises around 250 million vehicles in Europe today -- climate-neutral fuels can play an important role in decarbonising transport," BMW (BMWG.DE) said in a statement.
"This is why all BMW engines are already approved for e-fuels, provided they comply with the current fuel standard."
According to the industry group eFuel Alliance, if the draught plan included emissions from both the production of an e-fuel and other points along the value chain, it would effectively outlaw new internal combustion engines starting in 2035.
"A 100% reduction in emissions is therefore nearly impossible," Ralf Diemer, the group's managing director, said in a statement on Friday.
The proposed regulations would give automakers a legal foundation for registering a new category of vehicle—a combustion-engine vehicle that only uses carbon-neutral fuels.
According to the draught regulations, which are subject to change before they are published later this year, such vehicles must be built so that the engine would not start if the vehicle is filled with petrol that emits carbon dioxide.
Manufacturers would have to do this utilising tools like gadgets that monitor the chemical characteristics of the gasoline. The study stated that guidelines would also need to be created to ensure that these technologies cannot be tampered with.