The government wants to encourage eco-friendly cars by using "the carrot instead of stick."
Back in June this year, it was reported that Norway, just like The Netherlands, is planning to ban all gasoline and diesel cars by 2025. Now, it turns out this is not true, as a spokesman for the country’s transport ministry denied the information.
He basically confirmed that, while Norway’s National Transport Plan aims to reduce harmful emissions, it does not include suggestions of a ban of any kind of internal combustion engines from 2025.
“This government wants to encourage more environmentally friendly vehicles by using the carrot instead of stick,” he told Automotive News. “This document included suggestions and recommendations for ambitious goals to reduce emissions from the transport sector.”
A total ban of diesel and gasoline cars may sound unrealistic and overambitious, but Norwegian customers are definitely no strangers to electrification as a key element of lowering CO2 emissions. The country has the highest sales of electric vehicles in the world, as EVs account for about 24 percent of total new car sales.
June car sales in the country were down by three percent, but the results show 55 percent of Volkswagen Golf sales come from the PHEV and e-Golf variants, 88 percent of Mitsubishi Outlander sales go for the PHEV version, 50 percent of Volkswagen Passat sales belong to the PHEV, and 98 percent of all Toyota Aurises sold are hybrids.
It’s interesting to see whether Tesla CEO Elon Musk will react on the denying of the proposed ban. Back in June, he was among the first to publicly celebrate the information, using his Twitter channel.