Germany is planning to put a law into force that will mean all new car registrations must be for emissions-free vehicles from 2030.

The declaration came from Rainer Baake, the German Deputy Economy Minister, who said that the measures must be taken to enable the country to meet its CO2 reduction target of at least 80 per cent by 2050.

According to Baake, drastic measures are needed as there has been no reduction in CO2 emissions from transport since 1990. Germany hopes to have half a million emissions-free vehicles on the road by 2020, and six million by 2030.

Germany is already offering subsidies to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles, but it hasn’t proved particularly successful, with just 25,000 EVs registered. Despite the recent Dieselgate scandal, there are 14.5 million diesel vehicles on the road.

With the signs indicating the country will struggle to reach these targets, many German manufacturers appear to have pre-empted the announcement by shifting towards more environmentally friendly models.

BMW’s i3 and i8 models offer hybrid and electric options, while Mercedes-Benz has announced it’s building a hydrogen fuel cell car. Volkswagen has alsosaid it is targeting the sale of 3 million electric cars by 2025.

This is a bold statement of intent from the German government. The Norwegian government and local officials in Paris, France, have expressed a desire to ban diesels, but this is the first time a government has signalled the end of the combustion engine altogether.

Jack Evans


After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

June 22, 2016

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