Germany invented the gasoline and diesel engine, now The Germany’s Parliament has voted to ban new gasoline – or diesel-powered vehicles from EU roads starting in 2030 by voting a resolution that ban combustion engine cars by 2030 i.e. no more gas or diesel-powered vehicles. By then, only electric or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles will be approved for registration. The resolution was passed in Germany’s Bundesrat, the nation’s legislative body representing the sixteen German states, with across-the-aisle support.
Germany wants to reduce CO2 emissions by as much as 95% by 2050 and urge the ban to be implemented all across the European Union. Europe in general sees global warming as more immediate concern, and it sees transportation activities as a major contributor. Globally, transportation represents 14% of greenhouse gas emissions; 26% in US.
The resolution says that at “[the] latest in 2030, only zero-emission passenger vehicles will be approved,” which means Germany wants and urges the EU Commission in Brussels to move quickly transitioning Europe to electric vehicles. Approvals are generally at the EU and not country level. In the past, the EU has often followed Germany regulations and resolutions, because it’s the most advanced car-building country in Europe. Germany reveres the automobile and develops many of the world’s highest-technology cars, from Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. German car makers BMW, MERCEDES-BENZ and VOLKSWAGEN have already rolled out electric vehicles.
The resolution is non-binding, but it’s still a powerful and positive signal. There are more works to do in battling against air pollution, but at least in Germany, we’re steps closer towards a cleaner transport system.