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German Carmakers Seek E-Fuel Help as EU Tightens Climate Goals

  • Carmakers will struggle to accommodate proposed CO2 target
  • German lobby seeks haven for combustion engine in green fuels
Photographer: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg

Germany’s car industry is looking for assurances that a plan to make deeper cuts in carbon pollution in the European Union will leave a loophole for the combustion engine.

A new carbon reduction target proposed by the European Commission has caught the German car industry on a back foot, heaping more pressure on a key industry that’s already struggling with the coronavirus pandemic, according to the VDA car lobby and Robert Bosch GmbH, Germany’s largest automotive parts maker.