Thought of the Day: Banning Internal Combustion Engines

Welcome to Thought of the Day! Join Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield as she poses a thought of the day inspired by recent news events.

Today, she’s asking what it would look like if countries around the world follow germany’s lead and ban the sale of internal combustion engine vehicles by 2030. How would such a ban be implemented? And what would it look like for countries where internal combustion engines are currently the only form of machine transport?
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  • CDspeed

    It seems impossible at this time to put a date on banning ICE. If the end was in sight for gas and diesel it would be easy to say if the timing was good. But as we’ve seen automakers in an effort to prolong their ICEs seem have an endless supply of little fuel saving gizmos to slap on. Sadly I really think these gizmos are ruining the driving experience of many new cars. That’s one reason I went electric, gasoline cars with their turbos, 7, 8, and 9 speed gearboxes, and stop/start systems feel like they’re in a panic to save gas. You end up with a car that has turbo lag, it’s constantly shifting up and down, and it intentionally stalls out at red lights. Whereas my electric car can be described as smooth, seamless, quite, and fun. I love having 100% torque at 0 RPM👍.

  • Jeff Songster

    It’s a great idea… we should plan on it here in the US also. Maybe sooner… How about another cash for clunkers to get rid of all ICE vehicles older than 15 years that get less than 35 hwy mpg…. unless you buy an expensive collectors permit or something… let’s do it! Hope your family is well. We will keep coming back even when you need to miss a few! Cheers from California!

  • Jeff Laurence

    This is a great idea for a country such as Germany that has a good infrastructure to carry out such a plan. For counties that lack such infrastructure, it can’t work. Older cars will die of their own accord over time except for the classics and frankly, I’d miss seeing them so there doesn’t need to be an effort to get rid of them.

  • Tigger 50090

    Hi Guys, has anyone watched Clean Disruption on YouTube by Tony Seba in March 2016 in Olso, Norway? As a 100% full EV driver I was absolutely astonished at this. I am sure it will blow your minds because ICE engines will not be able to compete in the very near future. Please watch it and post your feedback.

  • Albemarle

    There’s enough government interference in life. instead of them picking winners and losers, just tax carbon sufficiently to handle the problem and let people make their own decisions. Gas should be triple the price, then people will resolve the problem and the best solutions will come out. Don’t trust government to make the ideal solution.