After the internal combustion engine dispute: Lindner wants to reform the vehicle tax

HAfter reaching an agreement in the dispute over the registration of cars with internal combustion engines in the EU, Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner wants to reform car taxation. Cars running on environmentally friendly synthetic fuels – so-called e-fuels – should be taxed less in the future than cars that currently run on petrol or diesel, said the chairman of the German Press Agency’s FDP. “If the fuel is environmentally friendly, then the taxation of the transport tax should be brought into line with the tax on energy carriers,” the Ministry of Finance said.

“It will be some time before we see such vehicles on the roads with e-fuel in the tanks,” Lindner said. “But for people and the economy, an important planning factor will be that e-fuels are taxed at a cheaper rate than fossil fuels.”

After weeks of wrangling over the future of combustion-engine cars, the German government on Friday evening agreed to a compromise with the EU Commission. According to this, new cars with such a drive can be registered in the EU after 2035 if they are filled with climate-neutral fuel.

E-fuel is produced using electricity from renewable energy sources, water and CO₂ from the air. Unlike conventional fossil fuels such as gasoline or diesel, they do not emit any additional climate-damaging gases. Due to high energy consumption during production and high production costs, it is currently still unclear whether it is really worth producing e-fuel vehicles.

Source: Frantfurter Allgemeine

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