On Monday, September 20, Daimler and BMW were sued. The reluctance to phase out heat engines by 2030 is the root cause.
The leaders of a German environmental NGO have filed a lawsuit against BMW and Daimler. Companies in Germany have refused to alter their carbon objectives. It also refuses to phase out fossil-fuel-powered vehicles by 2030. The German publication Handelsblatt broke the story on Tuesday.
Reuters subsequently contacted the NGO, Deutsche Umwelthilfe, verifying that the cases were filed on Monday night. According to DUH, this action is following the Paris climate agreements and German climate legislation. It also claims that the action comes two years after the same firms were accused of a covert emissions agreement.
According to letters sent to them in early September, the two firms were given until September 20 to accept the NGO's requirements. These requests included, among other things, a halt on the manufacturing of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles before the year 2030.
So yet, no company has established a firm timetable for the end of the manufacture of automobiles powered by heat engines. On Monday, BMW and Daimler acknowledged to Reuters that they did not accept the NGO's proposals.
In July 2021, the EU proposed a ban on automobiles with internal combustion engines starting in 2035. It's a last-ditch effort to tackle climate change. However, a German environmental NGO believes this is insufficient and has set a target closer to five years.
The complaint appears to be out of place. This is because both firms have pledged to meet the Paris Agreement's objectives. Mercedes-Benz has stated that it would solely use electric engines in viable markets by 2030. In addition, by 2030, BMW plans to market Minis with electric motors. At the same time, the group's objective for that year is to sell at least 10 million electric vehicles.