The Netherlands Could Ban Non-Electric Cars
The Netherlands currently have 10% of drivers using electric vehicles (EVs), the second highest percentage in the world. The lower house in the nation's parliament passed a motion to ban non-electric cars by 2025. In order to be signed into law, the Senate needs to approve it as well, which may prove to be a daunting task.
The nation's vehicle owners have been quick to adopt hybrid cars, which would be banned since they are not fully electric. Since 2009, the top selling "electric" vehicle has been the hybrid Mitsubishi Outlander P-HEV, capturing 27.5% of the EV market. This would, however, bode well for the clean energy pioneers at Tesla.Their Model S, account for 5% of the market in comparison, will likely see greater demand.
This attempt to eliminate overuse of fossil fuels is familiar territory for the Netherlands. A couple years ago, they built a solar bike path to accommodate the main source of transportation in the nation. Bicycles decrease the dependency on dangerous and expensive pollutants, and the path generates energy. Friendly competition could also play a role-- northern neighbors Norway have accomplished 22% EV usage.
Not all politicians are thrilled about the motion. Opposing parties think it is too drastic of a measure for such a timeline. It is unclear when the voting in the Senate will occur, and with strong advocates on either side, the outcome is currently unpredictable.