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Horst Seehofer is strong for internal combustion engines

Saturday, August 26th, 2017 | World News

CSU boss Horst Seehofer does not consider a ban on combustion engines. The Bavarian Prime Minister makes the insistence on technology even a coalition condition.

"A ban on the combustion engine puts the ax at the root of our prosperity", said Seehofer to the newspapers of the Spark Media Group. "This is just as unfeasible in coalition talks for the CSU as tax increases, a facilitation of immigration and a loosening of security policy," he added. Prohibitions "fit into a planned economy and not a market economy".

He had already spoken with Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) about a statement, which she called long-term prohibitions of diesel and gasoline cars as a correct approach. However, Merkel had said "no year for a ban". It was "nonsense madness" and "irresponsible" that environmental minister Barbara Hendricks (SPD) "threatened millions of diesel drivers with driving bans". This means that "a huge loss of value has occurred for holders of diesel vehicles".

Seehofer relies on new software
He considers a quota for electric cars as "stupid," said Seehofer. It is unrealistic that "every third person" buys an e-car. For this, Seehofer defended the resolutions of the Diesel Summit. New software should bring a reduction of nitrogen oxide emissions by 25 to 30 percent for the retrofitted vehicles.

 The car manufacturers' purchase premiums should lead to the arrival of modern, environmentally friendly cars on the road. In his view, operators of buses or taxis should be given greater support if they switch to environmentally-friendly propulsion. In addition, older vehicles should be taxed more heavily than new ones. These measures are suitable for dealing with the nitric oxide problem.


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