41 percent of motorists welcome a rapid ban on petrol and diesel vehicles

41 percent of motorists welcome a rapid ban on petrol and diesel vehicles

German drivers are already saying goodbye to gasoline and diesel cars.

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Mobile.de asked motorists what they think of a combustion ban in 2025. Most are against it, but at least 41 percent can make friends with the idea.

The new Euro 7 emissions standard of the EU Commission would lead to the end of cars with internal combustion engines and that as early as 2025 – in just five years. The engines would not be formally prohibited, but compliance with the standard would be so complex and expensive that cars with combustion engines would hardly be affordable. This measure divides German motorists, according to a representative survey on behalf of mobile.de, a large portal for buying new and used cars. Almost every second motorist (48.2 percent) thinks a ban on combustion engines at this point in time is wrong. That alone is not surprising. But the slightly smaller half (41 percent) welcomed the measure, because this is the only way that alternative drives would prevail. The value is all the more worth considering because only motorists were surveyed.

Better a little later

Only when asked when the right time would be, it looks a little different. 26.9 percent can’t go fast enough. They want it to be introduced by 2025 at the latest, 30.3 percent are for 2030 at the latest. If you only look at 18- to 34-year-olds, the picture changes; here, the proponents of the ban predominate with 51.5 percent, only about one in three (32.1 Percent) is against it.

Only 40.1 percent of all believe that new technologies such as alternative drives and synthetic fuels will catch on on their own. Here, too, there are differences between the generations. Older people tend to rely solely on the power of technology, while younger people rely on bans and regulations. Today, alternative drives are commonly translated into battery-powered electric cars. The federal government’s funding policy also relies unilaterally on electricity. They are still met with massive skepticism. Assuming comparable CO2 emissions, only 20.4 percent would prefer an e-car to a combustion engine with synthetic, climate-neutral fuels. Should there be a de facto ban on combustion engines from 2025, 40.7 percent of those surveyed would buy a combustion engine beforehand. However, a minority of 9.7 percent would only sign a leasing contract in order to be able to return the vehicle without any problems.

Confessions are not deeds

However, one should not forget that these results are lip service. Whether everyone who now speaks out in favor of a vehicle with an alternative drive in a survey is actually willing or has the financial means to buy a new or relatively new electric car is a different matter. Especially since the overwhelming majority of these drivers now drive a combustion engine that they would find difficult to sell in this scenario. After all, the will can be seen in many. In order to e-motorize these masses, the public charging structure would have to be expanded quickly.

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