The Dutch government, in an effort to combat pollution, may prohibit new gasoline-powered cars from entering the market in the Netherlands, ban which could take place in ten years.
The Dutch are already known for being environmentally friendly, but this time they are taking a more radical initiative. Originally, the Labor Party wanted to ban gas and diesel automobiles completely by 2025, but such plan could not take effect. Instead, the ban will only affect the sales of gas-powered vehicles. On the other hand, current conventional cars are still able to operate in the Netherlands.
The proposal already passed through the Netherland’s parliament. The proposal now needs to be able to pass through the Dutch senate. The politician responsible for the bill is Jan Vos. And according to studies done by Yale, the ban will most likely take effect in the future. However, Vos thinks that more will have to be done in order to be able to completely ban gas-powered cars. But overall, such proposal will decrease the costs of electric vehicles, which is good.
The Netherlands is not the only country fighting global warming. For example, last June, Sweden considered too a ban on gasoline-powered vehicles. France already enforced a ban on cars that were made before 1997, ban which took place no more than two months ago as well. Prominent business magnates and engineers are also behind such noble causes. Elon Musk, the founder, chief executive officer, and product engineer of Telsa Motors, congratulated Norway for such initiative.
Norway already has one of the most generous incentives for electric cars, and this countries is one of the lowest producers of harmful emissions in Europe. Norway was also the first country in Europe to obtain Tesla charging stations. According to recent research, a ban on conventional cars may take place more successfully in Norway. One of every four Norwegians owns an electric car. In the United States, more people die of air pollution than car accidents. But thankfully, these days air pollution is a concern to many countries across the world. The Dutch have without a doubt taken this issue to the right direction.