The end could be nigh for sales of new gasoline and diesel cars in The Netherlands if the lower house of Dutch parliament, Tweede Kamer, has its way. The motion was voted by a majority of the Tweede Kamer and it has received support from other political parties in the country. However, coalition partner VVD has described the motion to ban sales of conventionally-powered cars from 2025 as being unrealistic and overambitious.
VVD Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs says a best-case scenario would be to have 15% of all new car sales in The Netherlands to be EVs. While party leader Halbe Zijlstra declared it would be “crazy to get this plan to work,” PvdA leader Diederik Samsom mentioned it is doable.
Since the motion refers to zero-emission cars, it means only full electric vehicles will be available for purchase in dealerships from 2025, that is if of course the motion will pass. From this we can deduct that hybrids and plug-in hybrids will also be banned since after all these do have combustion engines. This seems like a drastic measure to take with only nine years to go until the proposed target, but it goes to show those with the legal power are seriously considering putting an end to ICE cars sooner or later.