Especially, if their manufacturers are under no competitive pressure whatsoever to develop their technology.
That’s why I was so happy about last weekend’s agreement that the production of vehicles with internal combustion engines may continue after 2035, as long as these automobiles are powered by climate-neutral fuel. I believe this is an adequate compromise, which still allows people to choose from different options while also urging e-car manufacturers to keep adjusting the prices and ranges of their vehicles to those of internal combustion automobiles.
As opposed to social engineers and the avid supporters of green utopian ideologies, I, as a centre-right conservative politician believe that even the most necessary changes must not be implemented in a hasty, unthoughtful way. Yes, humanity must minimize pollutant emissions, but it must not come at the price of undermining people’s lives by forcing a technology that is hardly affordable for even the middle class in Western Europe… Not to mention Hungary, Poland or Bulgaria, for that matter!
I think this agreement is an important guarantee that equally serves the interest of the people, technological advancement and, ultimately, e-mobility as well.
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