Europe is leading the charge when it comes to the adoption of zero-emission vehicles. It was reported in April that the Netherlands is looking to ban the sale of all gas and diesel powered cars by 2025, and now Norway is attempting to do the same thing.
According to a report from Norwegian paper Dagens Naeringsliv, the country’s four main political parties – Conservative, Progress, Christian, and Liberal – have agreed to a number of environmental measures that include requiring all cars sold from 2025 to be of the zero-emission variety.
It shouldn't come as too much of a surprise to learn that Tesla boss Elon Musk was particularly happy to hear the news. The CEO tweeted a picture of Dagens Naeringsliv's front page, which features the ban as its main story.
Just heard that Norway will ban new sales of fuel cars in 2025. What an amazingly awesome country. You guys rock!! pic.twitter.com/uAXuBkDYuR— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 3, 2016
Despite Musk’s enthusiasm, the policy is still only at the proposal stage. If it is adopted, “all new private cars, buses and light commercial vehicles” will be zero-emission from 2025. The sale of gas-powered and diesel-powered heavy transport will be phased out over a longer period.
The chances of the proposal becoming law is quite high, as Norway is already introducing a series of environmentally-friendly policies. Its capital city, Oslo, will ban all privately-owned cars from its roads by 2019, the exceptions being those carrying disabled passengers and vehicles transporting goods to stores.
24 percent of all new cars sold in the Scandanavian country are electric, giving Norway the highest EV market penetration per capita in the world. For comparison, just 0.66 percent of new cars in the US are electric.
Another nation looking to move entirely to zero-emission vehicles is India. The country's power minister has announced plans for all cars in the country to be electric by 2030.