The German Federal Council is looking to enter a pollution free era by only allowing zero-emission cars on their streets.
If you are currently living in Germany or planning on moving there, then keep in mind that you will need to buy a zero emissions car. It seems the German government is looking into a proposal to ban combustion engine cars which run on petrol and diesel, by 2030.
Basically everyone in Germany will have to buy a zero emission car after 14 years. The German Federal Council or Bundesrat wants to enter an era of pollution free cars, so they passed a resolution which will ban new combustion cars by 2030, according to Der Spiegel.
The zero emission cars can be either electric or running on a hydrogen fuel cell, as long as it doesn’t create pollution. Although the proposal isn’t even legally binding as of yet, the council is also pushing for its implementation across the European Union. The European Commission has already been sent the proposal and there is a big chance it may become an EU policy.
The Bundesrat also wants the European Commission to determine if the move will have any impact on taxes. Some are indicating the move to promote zero emission cars could come with a stronger tax incentive.
Some automakers are worried the policy may actually be the end of diesel cars. Already Forbes had revealed the purchase of diesel cars was at an all-time low in European countries during August 2016. Some are speculating the hard rule for automakers is an after-effect of the Volkswagen diesel emission cheating scandal.
The policy if taken into effect will not necessarily cause any problems for the general public but means major overhauls and transitions for the auto-manufacturing industry in Europe.