Norway's Coalition Government Denies Claims Of Banning ICE Cars Starting 2025

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Norway’s government coalition announced that the country will not ban the sale of fossil-fuel powered cars by 2025, denying a report that said the contrary.
The report came last Friday, from Norway’s Dagens Næringsliv (DN), a paper that writes in Norwegian. The news story gained traction on Twitter and social media, and even Tesla’s Elon Musk had a few kind words to say about the measure. He said Norway is an “amazingly awesome country.”

Several media outlets, including autoevolution, picked up the story and took the measures for granted. Unfortunately, the story from Norway’s DN quoted an insider from the Government, and the coalition along with the two support parties did not reach the deal they expected, so they had to make a press release and announce the article is “not correct,” and “misleading.”

Instead, the Liberal spokesperson Ola Elvestuen decided to clarify his initial statement that was quoted by DN, and said that the Government has “no plan of banning the sale of diesel and petrol vehicles in 2025,” but to set “target numbers for reducing emissions in Norway by 2025." These new targets will be presented next year, and they will include goals for the sale of electric vehicles and low-emission cars.

The representatives of the Norwegian Government still want a low-emission society, but banning the sale of fossil-fuel cars by 2025 is not the solution they are looking for. This measure would have been impressive, to say the least, and not just from the perspective of Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla.

Instead, Norway’s alleged ban on selling new fossil fuel cars would have made the country an example around the Globe. In spite of this example, the Norwegian car market only accounts for less than one percent of sales on a European level. That does not stop the country being the global leader of zero-emission vehicles in market share. Statistics show that 17.1 percent of new cars sold last year in Norway were zero-emissions ones, as The Local reports.
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Sebastian's love for cars began at a young age. Little did he know that a career would emerge from this passion (and that it would not, sadly, involve being a professional racecar driver). In over fourteen years, he got behind the wheel of several hundred vehicles and in the offices of the most important car publications in his homeland.
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