The group in question is calling for a Frankfurt Auto Show boycott to support ending the development and promotion of ICE SUVs. They see ICE SUV availability as a barrier to adoption of EVs.FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Climate groups, including Greenpeace and Deutsche Umwelthilfe, called on Monday for sport-utility vehicles to be banned as part of a wider campaign to curb pollution by the auto industry.
Carmakers should stop developing large, heavy cars and vehicles with internal combustion engines, the “Exit” consortium said at a news conference on the eve of the Frankfurt auto show.
“As long as SUVs rather than small electric vehicles dominate automotive transport, cars will remain the problem child for us climate activists,” the consortium said.
In a debate with the lead spokeswoman from “Sand in the Gearbox” - a coalition of activists who see the automobile as an outmoded form of transport and called for a boycott of the show -
They're right that people will buy ICE SUVs if they're still available. VW's right that that's due to market forces; people are buying what they prefer. You're right that PHEV and EV SUVs are the solution. Despite the wording I'm not sure they want to ban PHEV SUVs (it's Greenpeace though so who tf knows), though it is worth pointing out even among (PH)EVs, taller SUVs with larger frontal areas and more weight are less efficient than car EVs.