A controversial vote has recently passed Germany’s Bundesrat, which is the equivalent of their Parliament. Apparently, German lawmakers plan ban combustion cars by the year 2030. That means all vehicles powered by gas or diesel who use an internal combustion engine will become obsolete.
The move is aimed at taking more drastic measures to protect what’s left of our environment.
“If the Paris agreement […] is to be taken seriously, no new combustion engine cars should be allowed on roads after 2030,” said Oliver Krischer, a member of the German Greens party.
However, the law itself would not have any effect until approved by the European Union. Still, it would not be the first time when Germany would set the tone for the legislation of the whole E.U.
By 2030, Germany plans to see only zero-emission vehicles on the roads. The ban would not affect any internal combustion engine car acquired before the ban is implemented.
However, taxes for such cars would soon become unaffordable, making their owners likely to exchange the old cars for new electric vehicles. Whether there would be any financial support or the owner has to handle the cost of the exchange himself is not yet known.
Public transportation would also be affected, which means that the same auto companies that make buses, for example, would have to find electrical solutions for all the types of vehicles that they produce.
From an economic point of view, the decision to ban combustion cars would ruin many companies, and slowly end hundreds of thousands and jobs. Germany is, of course, home to some of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers. It’s not like Volkswagen or Daimler will just accept this decision without protest.
Surely, many companies have already started aiming towards building electric vehicles. In the United States, many of these are just compliance cars, made to ensure the companies meet the California Air Resource Board’s regulations.
Others, like Tesla and Nissan, are already pushing the limits of what can’t and can be done with an electric car.
Ironically, the internal combustion engine has everything to with Germany. It was a German engineer by the name of Nikolaus Otto who developed the first modern internal combustion engine in 1876.
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