The Dutch government will hold a "roundtable discussion" on Oct. 13 about whether to ban the sale of gasoline and diesel-powered cars completely by 2025, according to the Independent, a British newspaper.
In April, the legislative body's lower chamber, the House of Representatives, passed legislation that would bring an end to the automotive use of the carbon-based fuels by that date. The measure still faces a vote in the Dutch Senate, but Dutch House member Jan Vos, the architect of the legislation, told Yale Climate Connection that he thinks it is likely to become law.
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"We need to phase out CO2 emissions and we need to change our pattern of using fossil fuels if we want to save the Earth," Vos said.
Richard Smokers, an advisor to the Dutch renewable energy technology company TNO, told the Independent that the Dutch government, which has struggled to meet existing European Union air quality standards, sees the move as a way to catch up. The Dutch have "formulated ambitions to improve air quality beyond these standards," he said.
But implementing the ban won't necessarily be easy. Vos sees the affordability of electric vehicles, despite sales surging in the Netherlands this year, as a key hurdle for the nation to overcome.
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"Transportation with your own car shouldn't be something that only rich people can afford," he told Yale Climate Connection.
The Dutch might consider following the lead of Norway, another European country which has been moving aggressively to reduce its fleet of gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles. That nation has encouraged the purchase by electric vehicles by exempting them from most taxes. That reduces the sticker price by a third, according to the Independent WATCH VIDEO: Flying Cars: Best Or Worst Idea Ever?