German special routes have never been particularly popular in Europe. But this time the trouble is particularly great. The end for the unconditional end of the combustion engine is likely to have permanently damaged the European political reliability of the Federal Republic. After all, the decision in Brussels was virtually done. Also thanks to German approval.

And yes: Federal Transport Minister Wissing’s motivation may have been wrong. There are many indications that he finally wanted to make a popular point on behalf of the FDP. According to the motto: We are still there and can defy our traffic light partners. Because the Greens and SPD would certainly not have come up with this e-fuels idea.

But as sensitive as the combustion engine volte is politically, it is basically correct. Of course, there are objections that electromobility will lose momentum just before it breaks through to the mass market. It is also true that as of today, e-fuels are not a viable option from an economic or ecological point of view.

Only: They don’t have to be that at all. The year 2035 is in the distant future. Twelve years is an eternity in disruptive times like these. In view of the ever faster technological development (as we are currently experiencing with artificial intelligence, for example), it would be wrong to set technological limits on such an important topic as mobility.

Especially since many consumers are bothered by exactly that about electric mobility: that it is courted and promoted by politicians as the only true option for the future.

The end of the combustion engine is the important political sign that there is not just one way to climate-neutral mobility. Whether it will actually be e-fuels that cars will use in the future is almost secondary. More important is the signal that politicians have now spoken out in favor of openness to technology. This increases the probability of investments and innovations from the economy and increases the acceptance of the ecological traffic turnaround among consumers.