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Germany Pushing Europe to Ban the Internal Combustion Engine by 2030

Germany has approved legislation calling for the end of the end of internal combustion engine by 2030. Whether the rest of Europe follows Germany's lead is to be determined.
October 10, 2016, 12pm PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"Germany’s Spiegel Magazin [German] reported this morning that the country’s top legislative body was able to reach a bi-partisan agreement that hopes to allow only zero-emission vehicles on EU roads in 14 years," according to an article by Rhett Jones.

Betel Schmitt also picks up on the news for Forbes, focusing on the likelihood that the German regulations could be adopted in the remainder of the European Union. "On its own, the resolution has no legislative effect. EU type approval is regulated on the EU level. However, German regulations traditionally have shaped EU and UNECE regulations," writes Schmitt.

Schmitt also reports that the resolution "calls on the EU Commission to 'review the current practices of taxation and dues with regard to a stimulation of emission-free mobility.'" Any taxation that could arise as a result of this review, could further hasten the demise of the internal combustion engine.

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Published on Saturday, October 8, 2016 in Forbes
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