While Norway wants to see only zero emission vehicles sold starting in 2025, the government denied a report that it will ban all fossil fuel powered cars by that year.

German news agency DPA reported that the country’s National Transport Plan included a ban on the sale of all gasoline and diesel engine cars beginning in 2025. A spokesman for the Norwegian transport ministry denied the statement on Tuesday.

“This government wants to encourage more environmentally friendly vehicles by using the carrot instead of stick,” the spokesman said.

The government policy assumes new technology will lead to phasing out fossil-fuel powered vehicles long terms. An outright ban wouldn’t be necessary, according to the spokesman.

“This document included suggestions and recommendations for ambitious goals to reduce emissions from the transport sector,” the spokesman said, referring to the latest plan presented in February.

The latest plan included no suggestions of a ban, the spokesman said.

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The National Transport Plan, if approved by parliament, does want to have all new passenger cars, buses, and light commercial vehicles be zero emission vehicles by 2025. These would be comprised primarily of battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

Norway has taken a leading role in plug-in electrified vehicle (PEV) sales and government policies. Nearly one PEV out of every sold has been in Norway lately, and the country has over 3 percent PEVs on its roads now.

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