In the midst of combatting the enigmatic effect of global warming, several countries has issued different precautions and programs to contribute proactive change.
Germany looks like to become the first major country to set an official deadline for a ban on gas-powered cars, promoting eco-friendly vehicles.
It is not the sole nation in limiting and controlling the gas-powered cars’ production.
Recently, India has confirmed that it is evaluating a scheme for all its fleet to be electric by 2030 and both the Dutch government and the Norwegian government are discussing the possibility to ban gas-powered car sales and only allow electric vehicle sales starting also by 2025.
But while the Netherlands and Norway are fighting over the technicalities, a senior government official in Germany confirmed they will impose a mandate for all new cars registered in the country to be emissions free by 2030.
According to the said official, the mandate will be part of country’s pledge to cut carbon dioxide output by 80% to 95% by 2050.
It can be remembered that the pledged to zero emission was brought up since Germany joined the International Zero-Emission Vehicle Alliance.
The group or alliance aims at making all passenger vehicles emission-free by 2050, in December last year.
The stringent order comes a day after Daimler, significant automaker in Germany, disclosed its electric mobility plan to introduce new electric powertrains across all its brands.
Meanwhile, country’s Environment Ministry confirmed that the transport industry is lagging behind in its plan to reduce carbon emission across all sectors in the country and that its emission levels remain virtually unchanged since the 1990s.
In April this year, the country officially announced a new incentive and investment program to accelerate the adoption of electric cars in the country.
Gisting down the program, the most important incentive is a €4,000 discount for all-electric vehicles.
As expected, cons over the mandate has evolved, after the announcement of the program, Tesla issued a complaint claiming that the government and German automakers purposely set up the program to exclude Tesla in favor of local manufacturers.
As of now, Germany has a fleet of about 45 million vehicles including only about 150,000 hybrids and 25,000 all-electric vehicles.
The important thing to note is that the new mandate will be for new registration and that it takes about 20 years to replace a whole car fleet.