Oct 14, 2016

    End of road for diesel, petrol cars in Germany?

    GERMANY'S legislative body has passed a resolution that calls for a ban on new internal combustion engine cars by 2030.

    This includes all vehicles powered by diesel or petrol, which still encompass the majority of cars driven on German roads today.

    While Germany has long relied on financial incentives to encourage adoption of pollution-free vehicles, the new resolution takes a harder stance on cutting emissions.

    If it goes into effect, German consumers would have no choice but to buy a zero-emission car, for instance, an electric or hydrogen fuel cell vehicle.

    In addition, the Bundesrat has asked the European Commission - the executive body of the European Union (EU) - to implement the ban across the entire EU. This is not legally binding.

    The resolution calls on the EC to "review the current practices of taxation and dues with regard to a stimulation of emission-free mobility".

    It is possible that tax breaks for diesel cars could be scrapped.

    One of diesel's key selling points is its relatively low cost of ownership.

    While diesel car sales did not suffer much from Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal in the past year, they took a hit in August, with sales down by a surprising 12.9 per cent in the Netherlands.