On Tuesday Denmark announced that they will be banning the sale of all future motor vehicles with internal combustion engines by 2030. The new initiative also pushes for Denmark to have 1 million hybrid and electric vehicles on their roads by that point.
Prime Minister of Denmark, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, stated in a speech to the parliament that petrol and diesel cars shouldn’t be a part of the future of Denmark. He then also added that the sale of new vehicles that run on fossil fuels will come to a halt by 2030.
Lars Chr. Lilleholt, Rasmussen’s energy minister, announced the future ban on the vehicles during a climate change council meeting run by the governemtn but did not mention the timeframe that they wanted to eliminate the vehicles by. Rasmussen’s new statement sets a goal for Denmark to control their greenhouse emissions.
Rasmussen also stated that in 12 years the sale of diesel and petrol cars will be prohibited and that in 17 years all vehicles in Denmark will be electric or another form of zero-emissions. This means that hybrid vehicles will be phased out by 2035.
Denmark’s car population currently is sitting at 2 million and with Rasmussen’s goal of having 1 million of those being electric that means that half of the cars in Denmark will be. The Prime Minister himself noted that the feat will be difficult considering the recent purchase numbers for electric vehicles.
In 2015 Denmark sold 4,762 electric vehicles followed by 1,438 and 913 for 2016 and 2017 respectively. If something doesn’t change soon the goal of 50 percent may seem unachievable as last year electric vehicles only made up 0.4 percent of the entire market’s sales.