Last week we, along with Forbes, the Washington Examiner, Motor Trend and others, reported that Germany’s Bundesrat, the country’s upper house of parliament, voted to ban the sale of internal combustion engines in the European Union by 2030.
The resolution called on the EU in Brussels to pass directives assuring that “latest in 2030, only zero-emission passenger vehicles will be approved” for use on EU roads.
The Bundesrat not only neglected the fact that it has no direct authority over the EU’s transportation regulations, it forgot that Germany’s Transport Minister, Alexander Dobrin, needs to approve the proposal.
Not only is Dobrin not going to approve the measure, he told the German wire service DP that the plan was “utter nonsense,” and said that, “a complete end of the internal combustion engine from 2030 on would be totally unrealistic.”
Even Germany’s leading Green Party politician Winfried Kretschmann, Minister of the state of Baden Württemberg, home to auto giant Daimler Benz, is opposed to a specific deadline.
Kretschmann noted that a number of leading politicians are not in favor of any deadline for abolishing ICEs, meaning there is no consensus to drive the ambitious project.
While Germany is pushing consumers to buy plug-in vehicles, either battery electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, with a generous incentive program, the country’s auto industry is vital to the economy.
It accounts for about 2.7 percent of country’s gross domestic product, with vehicles and vehicle components making up 20 percent of the nation’s exports.
While it’s important to encourage electrified vehicles, a ban of the internal combustion engine in Europe will remain a dream for the proponents of all-electric transportation for some time.