Austria considers ICE ban by 2030
In Austria, only zero-emission passenger cars, two-wheelers, light commercial vehicles, and heavier commercial vehicles are to be newly registered by 2030 at the latest.
This is one of the ‘Mobility Master Plan 2030’ measures now presented by Infrastructure Minister Leonore Gewessler (Green party). However, the plan is not binding.
To achieve the goal of climate neutrality in Austria by 2040, according to the plan, 100% of all new registrations in the transport sector for the above-mentioned vehicle types would have to be emission-free by 2030 at the latest.
From 2032, all new bus registrations and 2035, all new registrations of commercial vehicles over 18 tonnes must be emission-free.
With the ‘Mobility Master Plan 2030’, Austria even beats the plans of the EU Commission. Last week the EU Commission presented its plans that from 2035, only new cars with CO2 emissions of zero grams per kilometer should be registered.
The Austrian plan now says: “With a consistent further reduction of CO2 fleet limits at European level, an advance is possible.”
Presenting the plan, Minister Gewessler described the EU Commission’s targets as “good and important”. Austria already has a strong starting position in e-mobility, which is why it wants to move forward faster, especially with the green party in the government.
Mobility Master Plan
More than 1 000 fast-charging points are to be built along the motorways by 2030, and park-and-ride car parks are also to be equipped with charging stations to accompany the changeover to electromobility. “The future of the car is electrified,” says Gewessler.
Gewessler also emphasizes that according to the ‘Mobility Master Plan 2030’, existing vehicles should not be replaced one to one by e-cars if possible.
Instead, the share of ‘motorized individual transport’ should be reduced, for example, through expanded micro-mobility and public transport services. As a result, by 2040, public transport in the transport mix increases from currently 27 to 40%.
The share of journeys made on foot or by bicycle is to increase from 23 to 35%. “We want to show how we can work together to transform the transport system in a way that protects our climate and benefits people,” says Gewessler. Goods are also to be increasingly transported by rail.
Not binding yet
However, the “Mobility Master Plan 2030” is not binding, but according to Gewessler, a “map and compass” for the mobility turnaround. Concrete projects are to be derived from the proposals.
“We now have a lot of work ahead of us to make it all concrete,” says the green infrastructure minister. Currently, around 30% of CO2 emissions in Austria still come from the transport sector.
A not unimportant ‘detail’: how the plans are to be financed is not yet known.