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Germany plans to phase out the sale of combustion-engine vehicles to help meet its ambitious goal of getting 15 million electric vehicles on the road by 2030

Germany plans to phase out the sale of combustion-engine vehicles to help meet its ambitious goal of getting 15 million electric vehicles on the road by 2030
Lithium is set to be at a shortage as demand for electric vehicles increases.Brendon Thorne /Getty Images


A German governmental coalition has committed to getting 15 million electric vehicles on the road by 2030.A 




The country currently has just 570,000 battery-powered cars in operation, and will have to ramp up usage by 33% a year.A 




The timing of the lofty goal puts Germany ahead of a larger European Union effort to phase out combustion-engine cars by 2035.A 


Germany's pledge to increase the use of electric vehicles and bolster climate protection efforts could ultimately result in a ban on combustion-engine cars in the country in the near future.A According to a pact published by Germany's next government of Social Democrats, Greens, and Free Democrats, the country has committed to halting the sale of combustion-engine vehicles by setting an ambitious goal to get at least 15 million battery-powered cars on the road by the end of the decade.To meet this number, the country will be required to rapidly increase production of electric vehicles, while likely phasing out cars powered by petrol and diesel in the next few years.A "It can only be achieved if new cars with internal combustion engines are no longer registered before 2030," Volker Quaschning, professor of renewable energy systems at the University of Applied Sciences in Berlin, told Bloomberg. "It makes sense to stop the registration of gasoline and diesel cars by around 2028."A 
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