Netherlands proposes banning gas, diesel car sales by 2025
April 7, 2016
John Beltz Snyder
What are the odds you'll live to see a world, or even a country, with a transportation sector free from fossil fuel consumption? What are the odds of it happening by 2025?
In the Netherlands, a group of politicians has proposed the country ban the sale of all new gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles in less than a decade. Holland's labor party, the Partij van de Arbeid (PvdA), wants to make a complete shift to emissions-free vehicles, and the motion was approved by the Dutch parliament's lower house, the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer). Under the proposal, even hybrids and plug-in hybrids would be excluded from sale beginning in 2025. That would leave just battery electric and fuel cell vehicles as the only legal options. In addition to the ban on vehicle emissions, the proposal also pushes the Dutch government to ease the country's traffic problems by investing heavily in autonomous vehicles.
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