Sweden is to join Norway and Denmark in plans to ban the sale of petrol- or diesel-powered cars within the next 11 years. Sweden has set a 2030 cut-off, which is the same as Denmark, but five years short of Norway’s proposed 2025 ban.
The ultimate goal here is meeting Paris Agreement emissions targets. The same targets informed the UK’s and France’s proposed ban on the sale of internal combustion cars by 2040.
The newly-appointed Swedish prime minister, Stefan Löfven, outlined his plan during the presentation of the new cabinet. Along with the announcement, plans for the expansion of Sweden’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure were also announced. The overall goal is for Sweden to be fossil fuel-free by 2050.
This comes very soon after proposals for speed limits on the Autobahns were leaked as part of Germany’s struggle to lower its national transport emissions. The previously unlimited stretches of road are a celebrated tourist attraction, but are also in the crosshairs of Germany’s National Platform for the Future of Mobility (NPM).
The NPM was tasked with developing a plan to reduce Germany’s transport emissions, in which the limit joined mandatory sales quotas for EVs and PHEVs, as well as increased tax on petrol and diesel cars – the latter to fund subsidies for electric car buyers.
Germany is famously – and understandably – defensive of its car industry, with the German transport minister Andreas Scheuer dismissing the plans as ‘neither socially nor economically responsible’.
We don’t know whether Sweden’s promise of improved infrastructure will come to fruition, but it seems essential for any nation in the midst of a push towards electric-powered motoring.
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