Norway, Scandinavia's electric car haven, is mulling over some big plans to make their roads filled with zero-emission vehicles by 2025. While the proposal is by no means a sure thing yet, one person seems to be celebrating the news already: tech business mogul Elon Musk. But that doesn't mean you should be getting too excited just yet.
Danish newspaper Dagens Naeringsliv reports that several members of the Norwegian parliament put forward the proposal to stop selling all petrol- and diesel-fueled private cars by 2025. Along with this plan, the MPs want 75 percent of new long-distance buses and 50 percent of new trucks to be zero-emission vehicles by 2030.
According to RT, Norwegian Liberal Party MP Ola Elvestuen told the newspaper that the agreement involved members from the Progress Party, the Christian Democrats, and the Conservative Party.
Elon Musk tweeted: “What an amazingly awesome country. You guys rock!!” alongside the front page of the Norwegian newspaper, which read: “There will only be sales of zero-emission vehicles in 2025.”
As the founder and CEO of Tesla Motors, one of the more prominent names in the emerging electric car industry, that perhaps doesn't come as a surprise. Along with Tesla Motors, Musk is also one of the main brains behind SolarCity, a Silicon-Valley tech company that develops and installs solar power systems.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Just heard that Norway will ban new sales of fuel cars in 2025. What an amazingly awesome country. You guys rock!! <a href="https://t.co/uAXuBkDYuR">pic.twitter.com/uAXuBkDYuR</a></p>— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) <a href="https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/738805691528318976">3 June 2016</a></blockquote>
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Although Elvestuen himself conceded that “we have not reached an agreement on how to reach the goals,” many have accused the Danish newspaper of exaggerating the proposal. For one, the conservative party has argued the claim was “misleading” and that the talks were not conclusive, The Local reports.
It’s also worth considering that Norway is one of the world’s biggest exporters of crude oil, selling over 1.2 million barrels every day.
Nevertheless, although celebrations of the news may be premature, Norway still holds the highest number of electric cars per capita in the world. In March this year, nearly 25 percent of their new vehicles were plug-in electric cars.
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