Denmark Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen, has announced on Tuesday (2 October) that it will ban the sale of new cars with internal combustion engines by 2030 and hopes to have one million electric and hybrid cars on the roads by then according to Euractiv.
“diesel and petrol cars in Denmark must be the past. The future is green,” the sales of new fossil-fuel-powered cars will cease in 2030 he added.
Rasmussen’s energy minister, Lars Chr. Lilleholt who announced the ban said “In just 12 years, we will prohibit the sale of new diesel and petrol cars. And in 17 years, every new car in Denmark must be an electric car or other forms of zero-emissions car,”
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The plan to ban internal combustion vehicles still needs parliamentary approval and will go up for a vote next week.
If passed, Denmark will be one of several countries that have committed to eliminating gasoline-powered vehicles within the next 25 years.
Many other European countries have set different goals and time frame on when to totally eliminate diesel and petrol cars.
However, Denmark has been slow to adopt electric cars. Out of 2.5 million private cars on Danish roads, only 9,000 are electric vehicles.
Other countries that have set such a goal include Norway, which has a goal of 2025, as well as France, Netherlands and Ireland, which aim to ban those vehicles by 2030.
Israel plans to ban imports of gas-powered vehicles by 2030 and India has said it plans to ban gas-powered vehicles by 2030 if it’s economically feasible, Quartz reported.
Several major cities also hope to have a ban, including Athens, Madrid and Mexico City, no any African Country on the list.