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Germany Wants To Ban New Cars That Aren't Zero-Emissions

Holy crap, what!?

It’s happening. Seriously. This might become a thing sooner than many of us would like. Germany, the country that’s home to the Autobahn and the Nurburgring (which is actually a toll road, too) wants to ban new cars that aren’t zero-emissions by 2030. According to The Detroit Bureau, Germany is currently making plans for a post-internal combustion car world. By 2030, all new cars sold in Germany must either run on batteries or hydrogen in order to be allowed to drive on highways and local roads.

Why the dramatic policy change? Because "C02 emissions by transport since 1990" have not reduced. Germany already had a stated goal of lowering its C02 emissions 80 to 95 percent by 2050. C02 from transportation accounts for about 20 percent. What’s going to be very interesting to see is German drivers being forced to give up their beloved diesels. The Volkswagen diesel scandal hasn’t killed demand for diesels in Germany, but that automaker has already committed itself to developing a fleet of EVs as diesel replacements. But here’s an interesting breakdown: There are about 45 million cars registered in Germany as of this past January.

30 million use gasoline while 14.5 million are diesel. Only 130,000 are hybrid-electrics and just 25,000 are battery EVs. Clearly a lot of change is going to happen over the next 14 years for German motorists. Will the US be next?

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