Germany Proposes Banning All New ICE Vehicles by 2030
Nation’s Influence Signals Potential Europe-Wide Implementation
Electric cars and non-internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles certainly have their fans. However, the broad industry consensus has been that ICE engines will be with us for at least another 30-50 years. That timeframe may be significantly compressed if a proposal approved by Germany’s Bundesrat gains traction in the European Parliament. Initially championed by Germany’s environmentally minded Green Party, the proposal to stop sales of new internal combustion-powered vehicles by 2030 ultimately received cross-party support in Germany’s upper legislative body. Going forward, it’s likely Germany will push for adoption of the proposal in the European parliament, potentially having broad-reaching implications across the continent and internationally, Reuters reports.
Many in the industry are surprised this proposal is receiving as much support as it is in Germany, by far Europe’s largest automaker and auto exporter and the third-largest auto-making country in the world. The discovery and subsequent fines and trials related to the Volkswagen diesel emissions cheating scandal have radically changed the dynamics and conversations in the German auto industry, prompting a tectonic shift in the direction of electric vehicle development.
Such a drastic move in a relatively short timeframe would require massive infrastructure spending to facilitate EVs, as well as likely government incentives to tempt consumers out of their current vehicles. Geographically, Germany is approximately the size of the state of Montana, making a large-scale infrastructure build-out challenging but not unfeasible. The United States’ geographical territory is roughly 25 times as large as Germany, which would pose a much greater logistical challenge.