The war on internal combustion engines is escalating, as Norway is allegedly planning to ban them by 2025.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk twitted out the headline of Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv , reading that Norway’s four main political parties have agreed to stop sales of diesel and gasoline-powered vehicles in 2025.
The subject has been in discussion for quite some time now. Although it’s not final, with representatives from two parties saying that they hadn’t agreed on the rule, Musk couldn’t contain his excitement: “Just heard that Norway will ban sales of fuel cars by 2025. You guys Rock!!”
According to Electrek, the nine-year timeline is the most aggressive of its kind for such a policy – especially as it comes from one of the world’s largest oil exporters – and its initiative could be the first made into law.
Whether or not Norway will ban the classic internal combustion engine as we know it in less than a decade remains to be seen, but the transition wouldn’t be very dramatic as ~24% of the country’s cars are electric already. Moreover, Norway’s progressive transportation plans revealed an ambitious proposal to ban all private vehicles from downtown Oslo by 2019 in an attempt of making the city more livable.