Bi-partisan resolution plans to ban all ICE’s from the beginning of 2030.
It was the birth place of the modern internal combustion engine, and perhaps the last country that anyone would have imagined moving to ban the pollutant-spouting engines, but Spiegel Magazin is reporting that a bi-partisan agreement from the country’s top legislative body has been reached, and it’s one that aims to only allow zero-emission vehicles on roads within the next 14 years.
And whilst the shock of Germany planning to be ICE free by 2030 might come as a shock, the real story here is that German regulations have traditionally shaped EU ones soon after.
“If the Paris agreement to curb climate-warming emissions is to be taken seriously, no new combustion engine cars should be allowed on roads after 2030.” – Oliver Krischer, Germany Green Party
This is a significant move. Germany is the country with the world’s fourth-largest automotive industry and whilst there are years and years of red-tape and bureaucratic treacle to wade through, this is a huge indication of the way in which the future of modern transport is headed.
Holland has already passed a similar bill, with plans to ban all diesel and gasoline powered vehicles by 2025 and it’s likley that many governments – or at the very least cities – will look to follow suit in the near future.
Maybe it’s time we took electric motorcycles that little bit more seriously eh?