Germany plans to weaken European Union’s draft rules on CO2 vehicle emission limits and it tries to convince other countries to join its strategy.
Although talks regarding the CO2 emissions limits are in their final stage, Germany still tries to make sure that its luxury automakers, Daimler and BMW, will still be able to manufacture more polluting, less fuel efficient vehicles. Last week the nation was forced to give up another proposal it had previously made as it did not get enough support.
“The latest German proposals are causing problems and really came very late. I’m not sure if we can get a deal,” one EU diplomat said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The EU plans to set a goal of 95 grams of CO2 per kilometer (g/km) as the average beginning with 2020 for all vehicles which are sold in Europe. Less-polluting vehicles means more money to be invested and therefore affecting the profit margins.
Germany’s new proposal refers to the possibility of automakers to get multiply the number of supercredits they earn for each low emission vehicle. Germany has repeatedly supported supercredits, saying that this is a way to encourage innovation.