Netherlands Wants To Ban New Petrol And Diesel Sales By 2030

The Dutch government has put forward a plan to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel models by 2030 in a bid to slash the country’s CO2 emissions.

By 2030, a coalition of the government’s leading parties wants to see a 49 per cent reduction in C02 emissions from 1990 levels and believes a ban on internal combustion engine cars will be one important way to achieve this goal.

The Netherlands is far from the only country to plan a zero-emissions vehicle mandate. In fact, France and the UK both intend on banning the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 while China also intends to follow suit. Additionally, California could implement a similar plan to cut the state’s emissions.

Beyond the ban on certain vehicles, the country has also called for the closure of all coal plants in its borders by 2030.

Approximately 6.4 per cent of cars on Dutch streets are electric and thanks in part to generous subsidies, sales of all-electric vehicles increased by 47 per cent in 2016.


  • EyalN

    do they have electricity for millions of cars or they are opening new nuclear power plants that will leak and kill millions of people? everyone is saying that they are moving to electric cars but they are on the limit of electricity they supply

    • Where are you getting this baseless information from? Most countries are very far from reaching their limit in electricity supply.

    • Status

      Most first world nations do an inventory of their electric infrastructure before signing off on things like this. If their infrastructure is scalable, and since much of the Netherlands electricity is generated by wind turbines, this shouldn’t be a problem.

      • LeStori

        2014, the Netherlands produced only 5.5% of its total energy from renewables. If they produce most of their power from wind turbines in 2017 then I would be more than surprised. I would be astounded

        • MarketAndChurch

          Me too. But as of right now, they are 90% powered by fossil fuels, especially natural gas. So it is hard to imagine this being anything more than virtue-signaling. Granted, they do have 13 years to try and make it work, and I do think that a country of their size can make it work, but until then, this is just place-holder rhetoric until they figure out a way to make it work.

          And by work, I mean a reality where this actually works — as opposed to a reality where they achieve this goal but only the wealthy get by, the economy deflates, and the poor suffer.


    China, France, California, Germany and now the Netherlands claim they want to ban ICE powered vehicles by 2020 or later. I doubt any of them will go through with it. We’ll see though.

  • LeStori

    Governments can say what they like. As a consumer and a person who has to put one’s money where one’s mouth is, I will not be panic buying an EV. The technology is still in its infancy as far as the electrical producing component is concerned. And the product costs more to manufacture than a conventional car so is really only competitive if subsidised by the poorer sections of our community. A genuine transfer of money to the rich. This is changing and may be comparable by 2025. The real step that has to be made is in charging infrastructure. I suspect Government subsidies should be made there rather than on actual cars if we are expected to have a real move to EVs. Rather like we needed railway tracks to have a train system.

  • MarketAndChurch

    I think only China, France, the Netherlands, and Scandinavia can live up to these goals. China because they can cheat or back away entirely guilt free, France because of nuclear power, the Netherlands because of natural gas deposits, and Scandinavia because of their oil. So this future electric reality is mostly dependent on fossil fuels or toxic processes.

    Germany and California on the other hand… Not so much. California’s coast has a lot of oil, but they won’t touch it. And Germany don’t have the climate to sustain an all-electric economy unless they build solar farms in north Africa and import energy from there, or build wind farms off the coast of Scotland or Southern France, and get energy from there. Plus the population of both is too great for such a move not to affect the poorest members of society.

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