Earlier this year, the Netherlands was pushing for a ban on gas and diesel powered vehicles by 2025, but Germany’s Bundesrat has gone one step ahead to pass a resolution to ban all internal combustion engine (ICE) cars from its roads starting in 2030.
Officials hope that the agreement can also pass on to the EU as a whole, allowing only zero-emission vehicles on its roads by the same year. Of course the decision would have to be approved by all representatives of its member states before it can be instituted like in Germany.
The German government is also considering reviewing its tax policies by potentially reducing or even eliminating the fuel subsidy on diesel used in cars and trucks, as well providing tax incentives for those switching to zero-emission vehicles.
This could come as a shock to many vehicle owners and manufacturers in Germany and other EU states, but 14 years is still quite a long time away. German manufacturers like BMW, Mercedes, Audi, VW, and even Porsche are already hard at work developing hybrid and electric alternatives for the ever changing market.
This comes at a time when manufacturers like VW, Mercedes, Nissan, Citroen, Mitsubishi, along with many others failed various diesel emissions tests when tested under real world conditions. VW suffered the most damage because they were caught using “defeat devices” to cheat on emissions tests which did not factor in more true to life situations, making it seem as if their vehicles were emissions-compliant.
Since then, diesel vehicle sales across Europe have slowly started to fall, with a 5% drop being reported in August 2016.