You don’t have to be a prophet to recognize the combustion engine has no future. It won’t be possible to meet climate goals set by countries all over the world without e-mobility. From Shanghai to Berlin and beyond, complaints abound of bad air quality because of high nitrogen-oxide emissions. The need for emissions-free cars is clear.
Calls are growing louder to reduce the percentage of cars running on gasoline or diesel to zero, as soon as possible. Germany’s Green Party plans to mount its electoral campaign with a demand to ban combustion engines within a decade and a half.
In the Bundesrat, Germany’s upper legislative chamber, there are already proposals to drastically reduce their numbers. A resolution calls for “the tax- and levy-policies of member states” to be revamped “so that only emissions-free passenger cars are allowed throughout the E.U. at the latest from 2030.”
Politicians want to use an ultimatum to force industry to pursue the development of environmentally friendly models. The environment minister in the state of Schleswig-Holstein, the Green Party’s Robert Habeck, sees auto manufacturers demonstrating “rhetorical responsiveness even while actually behaving with stubbornness.”