Germany’s Bundesrat, the country’s upper house of parliament, voted with across-the-aisle support to ban the sale of internal combustion engines in the European Union by 2030.
The resolution calls on the European Union Commission in Brussels to pass directives assuring that “latest in 2030, only zero-emission passenger vehicles will be approved” for use on EU roads, the German weekly magazine Der Spiegel reported on Saturday.
“If the Paris agreement to reduce climate-warming emissions is to be taken seriously, no new combustion engine cars should be allowed on roads after 2030,” it quoted Greens party lawmaker Oliver Krischer as saying.
The accord also asks the EU Commission to review its taxation policies and their effect on the “stimulation of emission-free mobility.”
That could mean stronger tax incentives for buying zero-emissions cars, but it could also mean eliminating tax breaks for diesel cars in EU states.
The Bundesrat has no direct authority over the EU’s transportation regulations, but with the largest government and most powerful economy in the EU, Germany’s regulations tend to shape EU and United Nations Economic Commission policies.
A switch to sales of only zero-emission cars would put thousands of German auto industry jobs at risk.
The powertrain of an electric car requires only a tenth of a work force to manufacture and assemble when compared to a combustion engine, which requires more workers to make and assemble cylinders, spark plugs, and transmissions.
It’s ironic that the modern internal combustion engine first came from Germany, and the country with the fourth-largest auto industry wants to kill it off.