Three coun­tries plan to sell only elec­tric cars

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - AL­WYN VILJOEN

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.

The Nether­lands

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”.

In In­dia

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.

PHOTO: END GAD­GET

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.

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