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Fri, 14 Oct 2016

Could Germany Ban Internal Combustion Engines by 2030?

Will we see the end of the internal combustion engine in Germany by 2030? The Bundersrat, a top legislative body in Germany thus voted to ban all internal combustion engines by 2030! The legislation wants the European Commission to "evaluate the recent tax and contribution Practices of member States on their effectiveness in Promoting Zero- emission mobility," basically axing to ban the low rate of tax on diesel fuel within the European Union.

Oliver Kriscner, the Greens Party lawmaker told Der Spiegel after the vote "if the Paris agreement to curb climate-warming emissions is to be taken seriously, no new combustion engine cars should be allowed on roads after 2030."

Karl Viktor, the head of BMW Motorrad Development, recently spoke to MCN about the future and how electric vehicles will be the way forward. Karl said "It may be 10 or 15 years away, but urban traffic will be electric in the future. Maybe electric vehicles will reach a range of 200km, but it is too early to talk about segments."

"An electric superbike is possible, but it has a very limited range due to its high power. An electric GS would need range and not so much power. Until we have a good solution for range, it will take time for electric vehicles to expend beyond urban riding."

Currently available for sale through the BMW Motorrad Retailer Network here in the UK, as part of the Urban Mobility range is the C- evolution fully electric maxi-scooter. This has proven extremely Popular in London, where charging Points are readily available and range isn't so important.

Harley-Davidson went on a global tour back in 2014-2015 with Project Livewire; a development of the American based motorcycle manufacturer, to explore the possibilities of fully electric powered motorbikes. I guess that H-D will use the feedback received and work secretly on a bike to potentially bring to market in the future.

For the moment though nothing has been agreed; so of course, Germany may not ban combustion engines. However it is a strong statement of intent. In the past many German regulations have shaped and influenced EU regulation.