The German government is looking to ban the internal combustion engine by 2030.
A resolution has passed in Germany’s Bundesrat, the federal council of all 16 German states, that will ban the sale of internal combustion engines in the European Union by 2030. According to the resolution, only zero-emissions vehicles will be allowed to be sold on the market after that time. Forbes notes that on its own, the resolution has no legislative effect, since EU-type approval is regulated on the EU level. German regulations however, have helped shaped various EU and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe regulations over time.
The resolution also encourages the EU Commission to “review the current practices of taxation and dues with regard to a stimulation of emission-free mobility.” It also appears to suggest changes to the EU’s current lower taxes on diesel fuel, seemingly as a result of Volkswagen’s diesel scandal and evidence of other European automakers possibly cheating on diesel emissions testing.
German and European automakers are already embracing the future by turning their attention towards electrification. BMW has already established its i sub-brand, while Mercedes-Benz recently announced its EQ sub-brand for electric cars. It will be interesting to see if automakers object to the idea of banning the internal combustion engine by 2030.