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The Netherlands wants all cars to be electric by 2025

This is the first step of the Dutch Government to ban selling diesel and petrol cars in the country. Is the era of the internal combustion engine over?

The Tesla Model 3, the electric car sold at a moderate price that should revolutionise the market, is still receiving a resounding acclamation while the Netherlands is planning to ban selling new diesel and petrol cars by 2025.

 

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Home electric car charger. The Netherlands wants to increase the number of electric cars © Miles Willis / Getty

 

By that year it may be impossible to buy a car with an internal combustion engine in the Netherlands, whether it is a petrol, diesel, hybrid or plug-in hybrid vehicle. In fact, a bill was brought before Parliament by a few members of the Dutch Labour Party (PVDA) and approved by the majority of the Tweede Kamer, the Lower House or second chamber of the Dutch Parliament. This is the first step to make non zero-emissions cars illegal and to become the first European country to ban non electric cars.

 

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A plug-in hybrid vehicle © Bryan Mitchell / Stringer

100% electric cars in the Netherlands?

Within the Labour party and other alliances many deputies disapproved the bill. The Minister of Economic Affairs himself stated that just 15% of all cars may be electric by 2025 and that a better result will be extremely unlikely, or even impossible.

 

Maybe this bill is a provocation rather than a real possibility of making cars powered by fossil fuels illegal, nonetheless the political debate in the Netherlands has been sparked off. And this isn’t the first example. Recently, the municipality of Paris declared it wants to ban vehicles registered before 2000 from the city. And Hamburg will be the first European city to ban vehicles from the city centre by 2019. Helsinki and Oslo will do the same and promote the use of electric cars.

 

After the heartfelt call of 20 mayors of twenty European capitals for stricter regulations to limit the vehicles’ CO2 emissions, it is clear that part of the country’s politicians aim to promote sustainable mobility and the se of less polluting vehicles powered by renewable energy.

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