The electric era is a bit closer again. The new tax is supposed to equalize the prices of internal combustion and battery cars

Greens in the fight for a greener future

Germany’s Ministry of Climate and Economy has released a strategic plan aimed at charging registration fees for combustion engine cars. This could help electric cars become cheaper than their fossil fuel equivalents, the site says CleanEnergyWire. Subsidies for the purchase of an electric car would further increase the artificial price of internal combustion vehicles.

The climate tax would understandably be graded according to the level of CO emissions produced2. At the same time, Minister Robert Habeck, from the Green Party, is seeking to increase the tax on company cars with internal combustion engines, which would motivate not only individuals, but also legal entities to buy an electric car. This is likely a response to the failure to meet the government’s goal of having around 15 million pure electric vehicles on the road by 2030.

However, the proposal was immediately met with an avalanche of criticism. Most experts argue that electromobility is not as green as it appears. The production of batteries and their subsequent disposal is even more demanding on the environment than the production and operation of petrol or diesel engines. And that’s not to mention the production of electricity, which is accompanied by a similar load of CO emissions2as in oil extraction.

So whether the climate tax will come into force remains unclear. In any case, more European countries are considering similar taxation, and in some countries such a policy is already common practice.

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