Norway is on its way to banning fossil fuel-powered vehicles from its roads, which earned a kudos tweet from Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
Four political parties in Norway have come to an agreement on the government banning the sale of any internal combustion engine-powered vehicle by 2025. It is not yet known if there was an official law or signed agreement that will formally stop sales of gasoline and diesel vehicles by that year.
On his Twitter page, Musk posted a page from Dagens Naeringsliv, a Norwegian newspaper with the headline: “Stopper salg av diesel-og bensinbiler i2025” (“Stop sales of diesel and gasoline vehicles in 2025”)
Musk tweeted: “Just heard that Norway will ban new sales of fuel cars in 2025. What an amazingly awesome country. You guys Rock!!”
Norway has prided itself on taking a leading role moving away from petroleum over to plug-in electric vehicles. The country offers more substantial tax breaks for EVs than most countries, in hopes to persuade consumers to be environmentally conscious.
In March, the government released plans that by 2025, 100 percent of new passenger cars, buses and light commercial vehicles will be zero emission. New vehicle sales will be comprised primarily of battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. The country already buys nearly one plug-in electrified vehicle (PEV) out of every four sold, and has over 3 percent PEVs on the roads now.