A looming British ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars was thrown into chaos on Tuesday after Brussels watered down its own restrictions amid opposition from the German auto industry.
Experts and politicians warned that British rules due to take effect in 2030 are untenable following the European climbdown, which will allow internal combustion engines as long as they burn carbon-neutral petrol alternatives.
Even as that ban on new ICE fails they’re still managing to get it wrong. Because it’s not the engine that’s the problem nor the engine that needs to be banned. It’s the fuel. Even if we accept all of the toss being bandied about it’s still the fuel. Burning archaic carbon bad. But e-fuels are possible and also at not far off current prices even at the current v early stage of the tech. So, the solution is possible, retain ICE but replace the fuel.
The easy way to do that is declare that e-fuels pay no tax for the next 20 years. Job done.
The amusement being that the solution here is less government, not more.