Germany's Bundesrat (federal council) has passed a bill which calls for a ban on new internal combustion engine cars by 2030.
Soon, citizens will have to switch to a zero-emissions vehicle which would ideally be an electric or one that’s powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. Reports claim that the Bundesrat council is also in talks with the European Commission to implement the ban across the European Union. Considering the fact that German regulations has an influence in shaping EU policies, we can expect this to materialise too.
The Bundesrat council is also encouraging the European Commission to review its taxation policies and this would ideally mean stronger tax incentives for buying zero-emissions cars. However, this could also mean eliminating tax breaks for diesel cars in the European Union. All this comes at a time when automakers are already concerned that tougher emission standards could kill the diesel motor eventually.
It is reported that registrations of diesel cars has dropped considerably in a number of EU countries in August. This coupled with the birth of a prospective zero-emissions incentive and the proposed combustion engine ban could only mean that Europeans could effectively go the electric way on their next car purchase. India too had its fair share of problems with high capacity diesel engines.