Norway looks set to ban the sale of all fossil fuel-based cars in the next decade, according to reports.
Norwegian newspaper Dagens Naeringsliv, reports that Politicians from both sides of the political spectrum have reportedly reached firm conclusions about 100 per cent of Norwegian cars running on green energy by 2025.
The Norwegian newspaper wrote “FRP will remove all gasoline cars”, in a headline referring to the right-wing Framstegspartiet or Progress Party, one of the coalition government parties.
According to local media, representatives from the Democratic Party and the Liberal Party have corroborated Dagens Naeringsliv’s story.
However, there is some denial from other right-wing representatives that the move has been confirmed with representatives from the two parties on the right telling aftenposten.no that they have not yet agreed on the rule.
The move follows the agreement of a new climate tax on electricity and the announcement that the country will become the first in the world to commit to zero deforestation.
Industry leaders have applauded the potential move. Speaking about the possible ban on, Elon Musk, chief executive of US electric car company Tesla Motors, lauded the announcement.
“Just heard that Norway will ban new sales of fuel cars in 2025,” the Tesla CEO wrote in a Tweet.
“What an amazingly awesome country. You guys rock!!”.
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
With 24% of new vehicles being powered by electricity, Norway already has the highest percentage of electric vehicle market share of any country and is a heavy producer of renewable energy with hydropower producing rmore than 99 per cent of electricity.
If the report is true then Norway, which has made much of its wealth from oil reserves in the North Sea, is on track to be the first to agree to the 2025 deadline.
Whether or not Norway does ban petrol cars in the next decade remains to seen, but there’s no doubt that given its previous record, Norway has a good chance to succeed.
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