The Glasgow commitment of global players for an end date for the internal combustion engine applies at Daimler explicitly to the Mercedes-Benz Cars & Vans division. In the big truck and bus business, electrification is at the top of the agenda, but there are different timelines, said a company spokesman in Stuttgart on Thursday.
The declaration of the World Climate Conference stipulates that the sale of combustion cars in leading markets should end by 2035 at the latest, and that this should happen worldwide by 2040. This is what the undersigned governments should “work towards”.
Mercedes wants to get electric quickly
According to a document from the British government, eleven automobile manufacturers are taking part in the initiative, including Mercedes-Benz as the only German manufacturer. Daimler sells both cars and trucks under the brand with the star. Big German players like VW or BMW, however, are missing from the list of supporters.
Daimler CEO Ola Källenius had on Wednesday on the Automobile week Congress made it clearthat the commitment of the Stuttgart company matches the previous company announcements. As early as July, the manufacturer signaled more ambition for the breakthrough of its own e-fleet: The Mercedes-Benz business is to be geared towards electric driving. In 2025, the Swabians want to achieve 50 percent of their new sales with fully electric or plug-in cars. The aim is to become fully electric by the end of the decade – wherever “market conditions allow”.
Germany did not sign
According to earlier information, Germany refuses to cooperate with the Glasgow Declaration. 31 other countries, including India and Turkey, are pulling along. According to the Federal Environment Ministry, the reason for the Berlin rejection is that the declaration makes the use of synthetic fuels in internal combustion engines impossible.
The German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) said on request: “The attitude of individual companies to the Glasgow initiative is based on their respective corporate strategies.” The association again spoke out in favor of technology openness and emphasized that emission-free car traffic required, among other things, sufficient green electricity and green hydrogen. (dpa / swi)
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