Czech Republic wants to keep a foot in the past


The Czech Republic’s new head of government, Petr Fiala, has announced his opposition to the EU Commission’s planned de facto ban on internal combustion vehicles from 2035. “This is unacceptable and the Czech Republic will seek allies in Europe to prevent it,” said the prime minister.

The ministers’ response does not show a high degree of faith in public transport or much reflection in the changing automobile world: “This would present an existential threat to many people for whom a car is not a luxury but a basic necessity which is essential to their everyday life; they need it for their work, to get to work, or simply to visit family and friends.”

Just a few months ago, Volkswagen’s Czech subsidiary Skoda announced plans for a major charging infrastructure expansion in the nation. It seems the market will take the lead ahead of politics.


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