"The fossil combustion engine that is powered by gasoline or diesel must have an end date," he told "Welt am Sonntag". But that is not the end of the combustion engine.
"In order to lead the combustion engine technology, which is highly developed in Germany, into the future, the synthetic fuels have to get out of the test tube and into mass production," said Scheuer. Legislative pressure is needed to make synthetic fuels competitive. "We have to remain open to technology and at the same time continue to impose strict climate protection requirements so that there are incentives to use the next 15 years to develop competitive, clean fuels for combustion engines," said the Minister of Transport. “Our goal must be the phasing out of fossil burners by 2035.” However, Scheuer spoke out against a short-term tightening of the exhaust gas regulations by the EU within the framework of the Euro 7 standard. "The Ministry of Transport will take a very negative position in the Euro 7 debate," he announced. "We should concentrate on the existing emissions regulations and not have a debate about even stricter requirements." The limit values should remain technically feasible. In order to further advance electromobility, the Ministry of Transport is launching an additional funding program for public charging stations. "Of course, I'm not yet satisfied with the around 40.000 public charging points that already exist," said the CSU politician. “With the new funding program 'On-site charging infrastructure', we will bring the charging options even more to where the cars are.” The federal government is making 300 million euros available for this, “which mayors or retailers can apply for by the end of the year To install charging stations in front of swimming pools, at sports fields, supermarkets, restaurants or other places, ”says Scheuer. “The money is given on a first-come-first-served basis, which shows that we want to set the pace.” However, despite the new funding program, the Minister of Transport is moving away from the goal of creating one million public charging points by 2030. "A fixed number like the goal of one million charging points by 2030 will not get us any further, the need is decisive," said Scheuer. However, the minister said that the new target should not be too low either.
"200.000 public charging points by 2030, as some are suggesting, are definitely not enough for me," he said. “But there is a wide range between 200.000 and a million.” The Minister of Transport would also like to increase the current funding program for private charging stations, so-called wall boxes. Within a few months, applications for 300.000 private wallboxes were received, and more than 2.500 are added every day.
Since the state pays 900 euros for each of the charging stations, the budget had to be increased to 400 million euros. "If this continues, the 400 million euros will soon be exhausted," said Scheuer. Mathematically, it could be so far at the end of April that he is therefore in talks with Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD). "I would like to see that we can finance 500.000 private charging stations with this program - if the finance minister likes to go along with 700.000."