One of Germany's legislative bodies has resolved to prohibit the use of petrol- and diesel-powered cars as of 2030, marking a potentially major step in the move towards electric vehicles
The country's Bundesrat, or Federal Council, passed a resolution late last week to only approve emission-free cars for use on the roads by 2030.
This would effectively phase out vehicles with internal combustion engines – which generate power through the hot gases produced by the burning of fossil fuels – from sale in 14 years' time.
While the proposed ban would apply in Germany, the Bundesrat – which is similar to upper house bodies like the UK's House of Lords – has called for the European Commission in Brussels to consider implementing it across the entire European Union.
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Although this seems like a tall order, business news website Forbes notes
that Germany, as an influential member of the EU, has traditionally influenced its regulations.
The Bundesrat resolution, reported in German magazine Spiegel
, calls for the "stimulation of emission-free mobility", which could come in the form of buying incentives similar to those already in place in many countries.
It also makes a case for the "review of the current practices of taxation and dues", which could lead to a clamp down on diesel tax advantages originally brought about to help meet climate-change targets around carbon.
While the resolution is non-binding, it makes a bold statement from the country which is home to some of the automotive industry's biggest names.
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Many German car brands, including BMW
, are already rolling out battery-powered vehicles
BMW launched its first fully electric production car, called the BMW i3, in 2013
, while Audi unveiled an all-electric version of its R8 supercar
, the Audi R8 e-tron, in 2015.
The car industry's growing interest in electric vehicles is also being mirrored in the aircraft industry. Earlier this year, Paul Priestman
, co-founder of London transport design studio PriestmanGoode
, told Dezeen that advances in electric motors could see jet aeroplanes replaced by battery-powered craft
, ushering in a new era of personalised electric flying machines