Denmark becomes the latest country in the entire world to ban the new sale of fossil fuel powered vehicles in order to fully transition to clean power, non-polluting vehicles on the road such as electric vehicles (EVs) or hybrids.
The policy was announced by the country’s center-right prime minister, Lars Lokke Rasmussen to the national parliament in Copenhagen on October 2. After Rasmussen’s government in Copenhagen phased out public subsidies as part of national budget cuts, sales of non-polluting, renewable energy powered vehicles dropped dramatically. To combat this decline, the government will release detailed plans on how to reduce the costs of EV prices. The government may also begin to allow EVs to drive in bus lanes to incentivize their use on the roads.
Denmark is not the only country in the developed world taking action to fight climate change and other forms of pollution.
Norway, under the center-right government of Erna Solberg, announced last year in 2017 that will only sell electric powered and hybrid vehicles in 2030. The Netherlands also recently announced last year that it will only start selling electric vehicles starting in 2025.
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, under the conservative leadership of Theresa May, will ban the sale of all petrol gas and diesel fuel powered cars starting in 2040, 22 years from now.
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