The Norwegian government is considering a measure that would ban the sale of gas-powered cars by the year 2025.
The newspaper Dagens Næringsliv recently reported that the country’s four largest political parties had agreed to enact the ban, but Aftenposten later clarified that the measure is still under discussion, and that the two right-leaning parties have not yet agreed.
Norway is a major oil exporter, but has also taken substantial steps to phase out fossil fuels, including offering a generous package of incentives for EV adoption. Plug-in vehicles already make up around 24 percent of the country’s new car market.
Norway seems like a likely candidate to be the first country to go electric, but it isn’t the first to discuss an ICE ban. India’s Power Minister recently proposed a scheme to electrify the country’s fleet by 2030. The Netherlands has pledged to make all new passenger vehicles sales electric by 2050, and lawmakers recently put forth a proposal to move the target date up to 2025.