Norway wants to ban petrol and diesel cars

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Norway to ban diesel and petrol cars

Norway is a huge proponent of electric vehicles. Not only does it offer massive tax breaks to EV buyers, but last year, portions of the Norwegian government proposed seeking an all-out ban on all petrol and diesel-powered cars by the year 2025.

Although Norway seemed to be going in that direction last year, it would seem that they are now leaning away from the whole heavy-handed ban tactic.

They are now seeking a solution that would see incentives flow towards electric car drivers while at the same time putting fees on petroleum powered vehicles. Norway essentially wants to tax internal combustion cars out of existence.

The government is describing it as, "polluter pays principle" of its automotive taxation system, the government posted the following on the transportation website Elbil.

"The Norwegian Parliament have decided on a goal that all new cars sold by 2025 should be zero (electric or hydrogen) or low (plug-in hybrids) emission," the post states.

"The Parliament will reach this goal with a strengthened green tax system based on the polluter pays principle, not a ban."

The country also plans a broader network of vehicle chargers across the country with one public charging station for every 10 electric vehicles by 2020.

It is estimated that as many as 250,000 electric vehicles will be on Norwegian roads by that year as well. This means they will need around 25,000 public car chargers which are about 23,600 more than it had in 2015.

Already Norway offers incentives to its citizens giving them everything from sales tax and VAT exemptions of 25 per cent to free city parking and toll-free access to turnpikes and ferries.

As a result of the government's push towards cleaner energy, electric cars have picked up a substantial share of the market and as of 2015, EVs represented 22 per cent of cars in Norway.


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