While electric vehicles sales in the US make up around just 0.6 percent of the total market – a figure that will increase once Tesla’s Model 3 arrives next year – EVs continue to be much more popular in Europe.
In the Netherlands, which ranks second in the world when it comes to electric vehicle uptake (nearly 10 percent), politicians have voted through a motion that could see the sale of all gas-powered cars banned by 2025.
The motion has passed through the lower house of the Dutch parliament, and now needs to be approved by the nation’s senate for it to become law.
The initial proposal from the Dutch Labour Party (PvdA) sought to ban all non-zero-emission vehicles, but this was changed to the less extreme motion that allows gas-powered cars to remain on the roads but restricts the sale of new models.
Only Norway boasts more electric vehicle purchases than the Netherlands; EV sales in the Scandanavian country make up 22 percent of the market.
Dutch citizens bought 43,000 new electric vehicles last year, but a significant percentage of these were hybrids, which wouldn’t be allowed under the proposed law.
Not all Dutch politicians are in agreement over the motion. Halbe Zijlstra, leader of the PvdA’s coalition partners, the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy, said the plan was “overambitious and unrealistic.”
The Netherlands isn’t the first European country to look at ways of reducing pollution by banning gas-powered vehicles. Norway’s capital city, Oslo, will ban all privately owned cars from its roads in 2019, the exceptions being those carrying disabled passengers and vehicles transporting goods to stores.