by Amanda Froelich via True Activist
All cars sold after 2025 in Norway are to be emissions-free, according to a new energy plan signed by the country’s four major political parties.
Of course, the policy hasn’t been formally announced, therefore, it could be subject to change. But, environmentalists – including entrepreneur Elon Musk – are optimistic that the country, which sells approximately 150,000 cars per year, will follow through with the plan.
The founder of Tesla tweeted:
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
Norway is presently pursuing an ambitious climate goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030. This is impressive, considering that the country is currently one of the world’s largest Oil exporters. The feat will be tough – but not impossible. And, banning the sale of diesel and gas within the next decade will undoubtedly help the country meet its goal.
Reportedly, the plan has been working. Last year, electric vehicles accounted for 18% of new car sales – a steep increase from previous years.
Norway’s initiative looks like it could be the first made into law and would only allow zero-emission vehicles to be sold in the country starting in less than a decade.
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