In the future, you may only see electric cars on Dutch roads, as the Netherlands is in the throes of an outright ban of new cars fueled by gasoline or diesel fuel.
Pending legislation would permit only zero emission cars powered by either batteries or hydrogen beginning in 2025.
The ban initiative, promoted by the Dutch Labor Party, has passed in the lower house of the Netherlands parliament and could be approved by the upper chamber.
The country isn’t alone in wanting to dispose of the internal combustion engine. Germany and India are considering a similar ban beginning in 2030
Politician John Voss is the major force behind the Netherlands ban and told the Yale Climate Connection that while the bill is facing opposition in the upper house, it is “likely to become law.
“We need to phase out CO2 emissions and we need to change our pattern of using fossil fuels if we want to save the Earth,” Voss argues, “Transportation with your own car shouldn’t be something that only rich people can afford.”
But the legislator also admits that the country can’t enforce the ban until technology reduces the cost of battery-electric and hydrogen vehicles.
He also said that the Netherlands can also pave the way for the ban by increasing the number of charging stations around the country, which it already quite robust.
According to the European Alternative Fuels Observatory (EAFO), the Netherlands has about 20,000 recharging stations, or nearly as much as the UK and France combined.
Notable is that plug-in hybrid electric vehicles would be illegal under the Dutch ban, yet their sales are currently outpacing electric vehicles.
According to EAFO, the country has accounted for 30 percent of Europe’s new PHEVs during the past 12 months, versus about a three percent year-to-date share of Europe’s EV sales.
Of note is, the ban would only apply to new vehicle sales and existing gas and diesel vehicles would still be allowed.
It’s estimated that it would take 20 years to change the entire fleet.