In Norway gasoline cars could be banned from 2015

By on April 27th, 2009

Monday, April 27, 2009 7:53

kristinA proposal to ban sales of new gasoline-powered cars in Norway from 2015 could stimulate the “eco” cars market.

“This is much more realistic than people think when they first hear about this proposal. The financial crisis also means that a lot of those car producers that now have big problems … know that they have to develop their technology because we also have to solve the climate crisis when this financial crisis is over.” Finance Minister Kristin Halvorsen said Saturday.

According to its proposal, the car dealers could sell vehicles that run partly or fully on fuels such as electricity, hydrogen or biofuels. Hybrids using electricity and fossil fuels would still be allowed.

The chances that the proposal to become law are very low because the Prime Minister of Norway, Jens Stoltenberg, was against it. Meanwhile, many environmental groups have announced their support to this initiative.

Halvorsen explained that her proposal will not affect the economy, even if Norway is the world’s number six oil exporter.


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