Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/172617
Authors: 
Dudenhöffer, Ferdinand
Year of Publication: 
2015
Citation: 
[Journal:] Wirtschaftsdienst [ISSN:] 1613-978X [Publisher:] Springer [Place:] Heidelberg [Volume:] 95 [Year:] 2015 [Issue:] 8 [Pages:] 548-552
Abstract: 
Die Europäische Union hat sich verpflichtet, ihre CO2-Emissionen bis 2020 um 20% zu reduzieren. Für dieses Ziel ist die EU-Verordnung zu den Emissionsnormen für neue Personenkraftwagen von besonderer Bedeutung. Sie hat dazu beigetragen, dass die CO2-Emissionen pro Neuwagen in der EU bereits deutlich gesunken sind. Allerdings ist in jüngster Zeit eine gegenläufige Entwicklung zu beobachten. Die niedrigen Treibstoffpreise befördern den Kauf von PS-starken SUV und lassen den Verkauf von elektroangetriebenen und Hybrid-Fahrzeugen verkümmern. Wenn diese Entwicklung nicht aufgehalten wird, werden die deutschen Autohersteller Schwierigkeiten haben, ihre Emissionsnormen zu erfüllen.
Abstract (Translated): 
Data from German car market shows that low oil prices are changing buying patterns for new cars. Whereas fuel consumption and CO2 emissions have been reduced substantially during the last ten years, decreasing fuel prices have reversed this trend. Four effects can be observed. First, engine horsepower is strongly increasing. Second, the market shares of larger cars, especially SUVs (sport utility vehicles) are rising. Third, despite the continuously increasing supply of hybrid and battery electric vehicles, their sales levels remain extremely low. Fourth, alternative powertrains are nearly completely ignored by new car buyers. This is a dangerous trend. After 2021 carmakers will have to fulfi ll stronger CO2 emission targets, which can only be reached with alternative powertrains. Pure premium carmakers like BMW or Daimler have in the current regulatory framework more disadvantages compared to Audi or Porsche because there are no tradeoff effects between volume and premium cars. Thus, regulation distorts competition.
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