Norway may become the first country to ban sales of gas-powered cars

by Jul 13, 2016Climate Change, Pollution0 comments

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The drive toward electrified vehicles will come faster and easier for some countries and cultures than others. If legislation pending in Norway is enacted, it will be the first country to mandate the shift from cars with gas engines. Four major Norwegian political parties are in favor of laws to ban sales of new gasoline-powered cars starting in 2025, according to Electrek.

Let’s skip right by the irony that, according to a government report, Norway is a major oil producer and the world’s third-largest natural gas exporter. In 2015, oil and natural gas represented 39 percent of the country’s total export value. Though Norway is a big fossil fuel supplier, there are good reasons why it makes sense that the Scandinavian country could become the first to legislate in favor of all-electric vehicle sales.

Related: Perfect storm of factors speeding electric vehicle development

Almost all of Norway’s oil and natural gas is exported to Europe, primarily to Germany, Belgium, France, and the U.K. Most of the natural gas is used for heating homes, factories, and office buildings and to fuel electrical power plants.

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