BERLIN (dpa-AFX) - The CDU/CSU in the Bundestag wants to exert pressure to prevent the end of the combustion engine in the EU from 2035. Transport Minister Volker Wissing (FDP) and the traffic light government must ensure that the future of the "climate-friendly" combustion engine in Germany is secured in the long term, said Thomas Bareiß, transport policy spokesman for the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the Bundestag, to the German Press Agency in Berlin. In a parliamentary group motion, the federal government is called upon to secure the future of the "climate-friendly" combustion engine in Germany permanently and without an end date.

The EU member states and the European Parliament had sealed the end of new cars with diesel and petrol engines from 2035. In concrete terms, this means that new cars will no longer be allowed to emit the carbon dioxide produced by the combustion of petrol and diesel. Exceptions are being considered for so-called e-fuels, which do not pollute the atmosphere with additional CO2.

During the European election campaign, the CDU/CSU had called for the end of the combustion engine to be withdrawn from 2035. EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Monday that she wanted to continue to focus on technological openness and pragmatism when it came to phasing out the combustion engine. She thus hinted that there could soon be a concrete proposal on how to prevent the already decided phase-out of combustion engines. The FDP, among others, is demanding this as a prerequisite for supporting von der Leyen, who wants to become Commission President again.

Bareiß said that Wissing had promised a great deal on the subject of the combustion engine and had not implemented any of it. According to the CDU politician, clarity is now needed quickly and a truly open-technology approach is needed. "Germany can do more than just electric cars."

According to Bareiß, the CDU advocates using all available technical and regulatory options for alternative climate-friendly drives and fuels. "This includes electromobility, but also e-fuels, hydrogen, waste-based biofuels and sustainably certified biofuels from cultivated biomass. E-fuels in particular, which can be used to power combustion engines, can save a lot of CO?"/hoe/DP/zb