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Top Carmakers Shun COP26 Declaration

By Simon Johns - Nov 11, 2021

A group of the world’s top carmakers shied away from a commitment to stop making internal combustion engine vehicles by 2040. VW, Toyota, Honda, Stellantis, BMW, Nissan and Hyundai were absent, as were representatives from China, the United States and Germany, at the signing of the COP26 declaration on accelerating the transition to 100% zero-emissions cars and vans, in Glasgow yesterday.  

Between them, these companies sold in the region of 42.3 million vehicles in 2020 and are all among the top-10 carmakers by revenue.

Excuses ranged from a lack of faith in the declaration’s feasibility – VW CEO Herbert Diess said it was “not doable” – to the German government’s nit-picking over the details. Other automakers were reluctant to commit to a costly transition to new technologies without firmer infrastructure commitments from governments, one auto industry insider told Reuters.

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