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German Lawmakers Vote to Ban the Internal Combustion Engine

Photo: AP
Photo: AP

The modern internal combustion engine first came from Germany and now Germany wants to put a nail in its coffin. The Bundesrat has passed a resolution to ban the ICE beginning in 2030.

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Germany’s Spiegel Magazin reported this morning that the country’s top legislative body was able to reach a bi-partisan agreement that hopes to allow only zero-emission vehicles on EU roads in 14 years. For the resolution to be instituted across Europe, it will have to be approved by the EU. But according to Forbes, “German regulations traditionally have shaped EU and UNECE regulations.”

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Greens party lawmaker Oliver Krischer told Spiegel, “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.”

The resolution calls on EU automakers to “review the current practices of taxation and dues with regard to a stimulation of emission-free mobility.” Creating a tougher tax burden could encourage manufacturers to push electric vehicles into production sooner, rather than later.

While larger approvals will still need to go through the legislative process, the fact that the country with the fourth-largest auto industry in the world is spearheading such sweeping change is a big sign of where we’re headed. It’s a road paved with slow-moving politicians making incremental changes and hoping the industry will warm up to the idea of not killing us all.

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[Speigel Magazin, Forbes]

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Frankenbike666
Frankenbike666

At this point, we know you can get superior torque and amazing amounts of horsepower out of an electric car. By 2030, batteries will likely be 4 times as powerful and half the price of current car batteries and not based on lithium (conclusion based on improvements in capacity, newer technologies and price drops in the recent past). They’ll also be lighter. Also likely, they’ll be able to be charged as fast as filling a gas tank.

With their death grip on the Republican party and a good chunk of the Democratic party, the fossil fuel industry will ensure no such law will ever pass in the United States.