The German upper house of parliament, the Bundesrat, has passed a resolution calling for a ban on internal combustion engines by 2030.
The cross-party resolution wants the EU Commission in Brussels to implement a ban that would ensure only zero-emission vehicles were being sold by 2030.
The resolution also aims to lower the tax subsidies enjoyed by diesel auto-makers, asking for a review of “the current practices of taxation and dues with regard to a stimulation of emission-free mobility”.
While the resolution is not binding, Germany and its regulations do have a powerful influence on EU and UNECE policies and directives.
Germany has the fourth-largest auto-making industry in the world, so a ban on internal combustion engines would definitely impact the direction of the auto industry. It would likely mean fewer auto manufacturing jobs, since EV powertrains require less work than those of combustion engines, however the party behind the resolution says it is the price required to reduce the impact of climate change.
“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,” Greens party lawmaker, Oliver Krischer, told Der Spiegel.