One of Germany’s legislative bodies has resolved to prohibit the use of petrol- and diesel-powered cars as of 2030, marking a potentially major step in the move towards electric vehicles.
The country’s Bundesrat, or Federal Council, passed a resolution late last week to only approve emission-free cars for use on the roads by 2030.
This would effectively phase out vehicles with internal combustion engines – which generate power through the hot gases produced by the burning of fossil fuels – from sale in 14 years’ time.
While the proposed ban would apply in Germany, the Bundesrat – which is similar to upper house bodies like the UK’s House of Lords – has called for the European Commission in Brussels to consider implementing it across the entire European UnionAlthough this seems like a tall order, business news website Forbes notes that Germany, as an influential member of the EU, has traditionally influenced its regulations.
The Bundesrat resolution, reported in German magazine Spiegel, calls for the “stimulation of emission-free mobility”, which could come in the form of buying incentives similar to those already in place in many countries.
It also makes a case for the “review of the current practices of taxation and dues”, which could lead to a clamp down on diesel tax advantages originally brought about to help meet climate-change targets around carbon.
While the resolution is non-binding, it makes a bold statement from the country which is home to some of the automotive industry’s biggest namesMany German car brands, including BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen, are already rolling out battery-powered vehicles.
BMW launched its first fully electric production car, called the BMW i3, in 2013, while Audi unveiled an all-electric version of its R8 supercar, the Audi R8 e-tron, in 2015.
The car industry’s growing interest in electric vehicles is also being mirrored in the aircraft industry. Earlier this year, Paul Priestman, co-founder of London transport design studio PriestmanGoode, told Dezeen that advances in electric motors could see jet aeroplanes replaced by battery-powered craft, ushering in a new era of personalised electric flying machines.