The country that invented the combustion engine that fuels almost all American cars wants to ban that engine by 2030.
Germany passed a resolution that's not legally binding by itself, but the German Bundesrat, or federal council, asked the entire EU to implement the ban as well.
The resolution also urges the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, or UNECE, to "review the current practices of taxation and dues with regard to stimulation of emission-free mobility."
Traditionally, German regulations have shaped EU and UNECE regulations, according to Forbes.
German citizens would only be allowed to purchase electric or hydrogen-fuelled cars if the ban were to go through.
The switch to zero-emission cars would put thousands of German auto industry jobs in jeopardy, according to Reuters. This is because the powertrain of an electric car only requires a tenth of the staff to assemble as compared to a combustion engine.
Forbes noted that the registration of diesels dropped sharply in multiple EU countries in August.
There's a good possibility that this decline in diesel sales could be related to Volkswagen's emission cheating scandal.
This combined with larger zero-emissions incentives and this proposed ban on combustion engines could easily sway shoppers to buy an electric car instead.
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