Germany, together with other countries under the newly-formed zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) alliance, has announced the decision to ban petrol and diesel-powered vehicles by 2050.
According to a report by Car & Driver, Germany, the UK, the Netherlands and Norway are set to introduce a new law that would prohibit car makers from selling petrol and diesel vehicles 35 years from now. The announcement was made recently during the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris.
Created earlier this year to promote zero emissions technology, the ZEV alliance is also joined by several states in the US, namely California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, and Vermont. Quebec, a predominantly French-speaking province in Canada, is also in the pact.
Experts believe by imposing such law, total global vehicle emissions will drop by 40 percent while emissions will be reduced by 1 billion tons per year.