"I can't give an exact date, but it's the right time", she said in an interview with the magazine Super Illu that will be out in print on Thursday, August 17.

Priority goal Merkel called investment in infrastructure for charging of electric vehicles and development that will make possible the structural universal adoption of the electric motors.

At the same time, the head of the German government said about the advantages of diesel engines diesel before because of the best results in emissions of carbon dioxide (CO₂). Therefore, she said, "we need modern diesel cars, namely those which simultaneously meet the emission standards of nitrogen oxides".

Subjecting to the sharp criticism of the German automotive corporations for the manipulation of the emissions of diesel engines, the German Chancellor at the same time, has noted that still sees the sense in tax breaks for owners of diesel cars. "These benefits for diesel vehicles exist primarily because they emit less CO₂. In this respect, the diesel better than the petrol engine," said Merkel.

In this regard, the dpa recalls that Germany has set itself a "very ambitious goal" by the year 2050 to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the country by 80-95% compared to 1990, and this goal can be achieved only if vehicles will significantly reduce CO2 emissions.

Some countries further indicated the Agency already has announced a specific date of refusal of cars with internal combustion engines. So, the UK wants to ban the sale of cars with petrol and diesel and even hybrid engines with 2040. Norway wants to switch completely to free from harmful emissions the cars from 2025, and the government of India stated that in 2030 the country will be allowed to operate only electric vehicles.