BMW and Daimler are being sued. Why? They haven’t killed the ICE yet
Oh deary me
The German NGO Deutsche Umwelthilfe is taking Daimler and BMW to court for failing to put an expiry date on the ICE.
DUH argues that this is in line with the Paris climate accords, the climate legislation in Germany and it also argues that BMW and Daimler should do what everyone else is doing in the car industry and made a clear announcement that they’ll kill the petrol engine by a certain date.
Car makers are under enormous pressure to go electric, especially in the EU, so this is just another brick in this particular wall. BMW got off to an early start with the i3 and i8 around ten years ago but it has since slowed down and started from scratch, with the iX3 (electric X3) and the i4 (electric 4-Series).
Daimler is on a similar path and it has been working on a parallel line-up, which consists of an equivalent electric version for each ICE model. At the moment, they‘ve got the EQE, EQS, EQA, EQC (but this is an SUV, not an electric C-Class) and the EQS SUV (under the Maybach brand) on its way.
I apologize in advance if you don’t agree with me, and feel free to share your opinion in the comments, but this is becoming a bit farcical. The EU and China may be obsessed with electricity but the U.S. isn’t [yet], except for a few states, and then you’ve got other markets where all these brands operate - Africa, most Asian countries apart from Japan and China, South America, Eastern Europe - that aren’t ready for EVs, and they certainly won’t be in the next 10 years.
And I‘m gonna have to apologize once again because I’m repeating myself when I say that A, we all agree that we need to cut down on emissions but BEVs are just one of the options and B, as Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares said, legislators need to stop obsessing on electric power and focus on the actual, long-term consequences and carbon footprint of this transition, which, as Tavares said, “go well beyond what comes out of the tailpipe”.