Car chiefs meet German government to demand fossil-fuel subsidies

Calls are growing for buyers subsidies on internal-combustion-engine vehicles as well as electric and hybrid vehicles. Photo: Lennart Preiss/Getty Images
Calls are growing for buyers subsidies on internal-combustion-engine vehicles as well as electric and hybrid vehicles. Photo: Lennart Preiss/Getty Images

The heads of Germany’s powerful car companies and automotive suppliers are meeting on Tuesday evening with Angela Merkel’s government to discuss the shaky state of the car sector and what the government needs to do to shore it up in the wake of coronavirus slowdown and ongoing lack of global demand.

The topic of support, in the form of subsidies for fossil-fuel cars, is high on the agenda. The government decided against funding buyer premiums on petrol and diesel cars as part of their stimulus package earlier this year, instead opting to support the switch to greener mobility by increasing subsidies on electric and hybrid vehicles.

However, calls are growing for buyers subsidies on internal-combustion-engine (ICE) vehicles too, with many politicians saying it is essential in order to help industry

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