Germany to phase out the sale of combustion-engine cars over the next decade

  • A German government coalition has pledged to put 15 million electric vehicles into circulation by 2030.
  • The country currently has only 570,000 battery-powered cars in service and will need to increase its use by 33% per year.
  • The timing to achieve this ambitious goal puts Germany at the forefront of a broader European Union effort to phase out combustion-engine cars by 2035.

Germany’s commitment to increase the use of electric vehicles and step up climate protection efforts may ultimately result in a ban on combustion-engine cars in the country in the near future.

According to a pact published by the next German government Social Democrats, Greens and Free Democrats, the country has pledged to end the sale of combustion-engined vehicles by setting an ambitious target of putting at least 15 million battery-powered cars into circulation by the end of the decade.

To reach that number, the country will need to rapidly increase its production of electric vehicles, while likely phasing out gasoline and diesel cars over the next few years.

“This can only be achieved if new cars with internal combustion engines are no longer registered before 2030,” said Volker Quaschning, professor of renewable energy systems at the Berlin University of Applied Sciences, says Bloomberg. “It makes sense to end the registration of gasoline and diesel cars by around 2028.”

Germany currently has around 570,000 registered battery-powered cars, representing just 1% of the country’s fleet, according to Bloomberg. The country will need to increase production and sales of electric vehicles by 33% per year through 2030 to meet its target – an effort that Germany has made progress on over the past year through incentives and financing which made it possible to double registrations.

However, the country has already struggled to meet early targets for electric vehicle use, including outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel’s failed pledge to have 1 million battery-powered cars on the roads here. 2020. which some experts say may be reluctant to such efforts.

“There’s not a lot of substance in the coalition deal when it comes to achieving such high levels of electric vehicle sales in practice,” Giulio Mattioli, researcher in the department, told Bloomberg. TU Dortmund University transport planning. “Consumers will need to be convinced”.

Yet if Germany’s aspirations are realized, its timeline would put it ahead of the European Union’s broader goals of phasing out combustion-engine vehicles by 2035.

“According to the European Commission proposals, only CO2 neutral vehicles will be allowed in the transport sector in Europe in 2035 – this will have an earlier effect in Germany,” he added. coalition document States. “Apart from the existing system of fleet emission standards, we advocate that only vehicles that can be refueled with electric fuels can be registered.”

Kevin A. Perras