Germany might be home to the automobile but it seems vehicles powered by petrol and diesel engines won't be welcome in the country after 2050.

Germany might be home to the automobile but it seems vehicles powered by petrol and diesel engines won't be welcome in the country after 2050.

As Car & Driver points out, Germany is a member of the zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) alliance which used the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP21) to announce a ban on conventionally powered vehicles by 2050.  Other countries who are members of the ZEV alliance would also comply with the decision including the Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom.

Several U.S. states have also gotten in on the action including California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, and Vermont.

The aim of the proposal is to cut global vehicle emissions by up to 40 percent and help to put a stop to climate change. 

A lot can happen in the course of 35 years but a number of automakers are already bracing for a greener future.  Toyota is the most notable example as the company recently announced plans to virtually eliminate conventionally powered vehicles from its lineup as part of the Environmental Challenge 2050 plan.  Under the initiative, Toyota will focus on the development of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electric, and fuel-cell vehicles.

Source: Car & Driver

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