Three countries plan to sell only electric cars
NORWAY, the Netherlands and India have all announced steps to stop sales of cars powered by internal combustion engines ( ICE) within their borders.
The leader of the pack, Norway, has already made all municipal vehicles electric last year.
Norway next aims to make all public transit fossil- fuel- free by 2020; followed by private taxis in 2022 and close to all cars by 2025.
Norway’s Labour Party leader Jonas Gahr Støre said that Norway did not intend to ban petrol or diesel engines, but would instead give tax breaks to vehicles with low or no greenhouse gases.
If these tax breaks were to be applied in South Africa, it would mean electric car owners would pay no tolls, no licence fees, no sales tax ( which makes up over a third of the price); no 14% VAT; and the corporate- car tax benefits would be better.
In Norway, public parking and charging will also be free and best of all, electric cars may travel in restricted bus lanes.
“We have seen how such taxation methods have improved the sale of electric cars,” Støre told the media.
Following Norway’s announcement to limit ICE engines already by 2025, the lower house of the Dutch parliament last week supported a motion to do the same.
The action was brought by the Jan Vos of the Dutch labour party PvdA ( for Partij van de Arbeid) and is opposed by the People’s Party ( VVD) — the largest in the country and head of the current governing coalition. The VVD said it finds the Dutch plan “unrealistic”. But as Renewables International reports: “the Dutch Energy Act expires in 2023, so a ban on diesel and gasoline vehicles afterwards would not require the act to be revised”.
From New Delhi, the Economic Times reported the India minister of electricity, Piyush Goyal, said the Indian government is working on a scheme to provide electric cars on zero down payment for which people can pay out of their savings on expensive fossil fuels, to have India a “100% electric vehicle nation by 2030”.
“India can become the first country of its size which will run 100% of electric vehicles. We are trying to make this programme self financing,” Goyal said.
“We don’t need one rupee support from the government. We don’t need one rupee investment from the people of India.”
He added the ministries of Environment, Roads and Oil have created a small working group that already met this week to work on realising this dream in India.
“Innovation is possible, it just needs an open mind. You need to think of scale and be honest.
“We are thinking of leading the world rather than following the world.
“India will be first largest country in the world to think of that scale,” Goyal told the Economic Times.
While the 250 000- plus pre- orders for the Tesla 3 electric car ‘ for the masses’ stole the news last weekend, future mass transport is more likely to be shaped by scooters linked to a proven battery swapping system, like this Gogoro scooter and its battery bank from Taiwan.