A new bill that would bring the ban of new cars with internal combustion engines by 2030 within the European Union has been approved by Germany’s Bundesrat – the legislative body in the country.
This could be the absolute apocalypse for the worldwide automotive industry – the constitutional body in Germany is apparently contemplating the idea of bringing an end to ICE cars within the European Union limits starting 2030. The legislation is only looking at new cars, so the owners of gasoline or diesel engined cars would still be allowed to drive them. But banning all cars featuring an internal combustion engine simply mean carmakers can only sell fully electric vehicles from that moment on. But there’s a catch, the Bundesrat has no authority over the European Union, nor the legal rights to change the EU’s rules regarding transportation.
Since Germany has the strongest economy on the continent – the country does have a big saying across the EU. It appears that the members of the German government are looking to send a message to the EU Commission to boost its electric vehicle initiatives in order to increase sales of zero-emissions vehicles. Authorities in other European countries are also looking at such measures – for example in Norway or the Netherlands – in a bid to lower the impact of the industry on the environment.