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Norway thinking to ban petrol and diesel cars by 2025

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Staff writer ▼ | June 6, 2016
Norwegian MPs have reportedly agreed to ban or at least significantly reduce the sales of all cars run on fossil fuel after 2025.
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Norwegian Liberal Party MP Ola Elverstuen told Dagens Naeringsliv that his fellow MPs and those of the Progress Party, the Christian Democrats and the Conservative Party have reached a groundbreaking decision to meet the goals.

Those have been outlined in the ambitious national transport plan 2018-2029 which stipulates gradually banning all types of vehicles that harm the environment such as fuel-powered cars, vans, busies and heavy vehicles.

“Now it’s no longer just a message about energy, but the message about climate,” Elverstuen said.

“People should be confident that it will be significantly cheaper with a zero emissions car than with a traditional car,” Elverstuen said.

Øyvind Korsberg, an MP for the Progress Party, went even further in his estimates of how far-reaching the consequences of the plan would be.

“After 2025 new private cars, buses and light commercial vehicles will be zero-emission vehicles. By 2030, new heavier vans, 75 percent of new long-distance buses, 50 percent of new trucks will be zero emission vehicles,” he said, referring to the targets stated in the white paper on the energy policy mapped by the Norway’s Petroleum and Energy Ministry in April. The paper requires formal approval if it is to be converted into an official policy.

However, the Conservative Party on Thursday issued a statement downplaying the report and calling it “misleading,” as cited by ABC Nyheter.

Aftenposten then cited Liberal Party communications advisor Audun Rødningsby, saying that he fully confirmed the accuracy of the claims. This is despite Conservative and Progress Party sources telling the paper that the plan was still being discussed.