08/03/2021 at 1:16 AM #28184Anonymous UserParticipant
Does the EU endanger mobility with Gaga criteria?
Cars are becoming more expensive and complex or electric, microcars are disappearing from the market and the threat of new EU emissions regulations is worsening the situation for people who cannot invest a lot of money in cars, say experts. In view of the EU’s Green Deal, the supplier company Bosch no longer sees affordable mobility as a guarantee.
The European Green Deal is a concept presented by the European Commission with the aim of reducing net greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union to zero by 2050 and thus becoming the first continent to become climate-neutral.
“That requires considerable additional expenditure and would have the consequence that vehicles, especially in the lowest classes, would be significantly more expensive. This raises the question of affordable mobility in a completely new way, ”said Bosch boss Volkmar Denner in an interview with Automobilwoche.
He sharply criticized the draft of the Euro 7 standard: “Actually, the legislature should take care of air quality. The aim now is to achieve zero as far as possible for pollutants. And that under conditions that can be described as exotic, such as cold driving up the mountain with a full trailer load. These are exceptions that hardly influence the air quality, but cannot be achieved with today’s combustion engine. ”Either the exhaust system would have to be preheated or the start would have to be electric, i.e. with a hybrid drive. Both are associated with significant costs. “A lot depends on these regulations, and I am therefore convinced that 2021 will be a fateful year for the European automotive industry with a view to the powertrain,” emphasized Denner.
Bosch has increased investments in e-mobility from 400 to 700 million euros per year. “But we are sticking to the policy of openness to technology,” said Denner. “Politics should only set the framework for one goal. It’s not just about cars, but also about commercial vehicles, agricultural and construction machinery, and ship propulsion. “
Denner also expects the lack of chips to keep the auto industry busy for longer. “We believe that the entire industry will slowly work its way out of the critical supply situation in the next few months.” At the moment, the task is to solve the problems together with customers. “Everything else and what we learn from it – for example whether we need larger inventories of semiconductors in the future in order to become more robust – we want to address that together with our customers and suppliers after the crisis has been overcome.”
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