Sunday, July 14, 2024

Norway backs down: petrol and diesel cars will not be banned for the New Year

Norway's Finance Minister Trygve Slagsvold Vedum now says that the ban on new diesel and petrol cars is nothing more than 'a goal'.

Things move fast in the world of cars. Until very recently, it was thought that Norway would ban the import of new diesel and petrol cars as early as New Year 2025.

But now Finance Minister Trygve Slagsvold is backing Vedum on behalf of the government. He says this in an interview with the Norwegian Nettavisen .

– Remember that it is a goal. Some have taken it quite literally that it must be a 100 percent ban. Fossil cars will also be sold next year, says the finance minister.

According to Trygve Slagsvold Vedum, it is no defeat for the Norwegian government that the ban on petrol and diesel cars from 2025 is not a ban at all, but only a goal.

READ ALSO: Now electricity is as expensive as diesel, Norwegians say

Instead, Trygve Slagsvold Vedum emphasizes that the debate proves that the policy of supporting electric cars is the right one.

– The large selection of cars are electric cars, and then there will be some fossil cars, and that is no problem. It solves some challenges for those who need it, says the finance minister.

However, there are also indications that the Norwegians are not quite so fussy about electric cars. In any case, the type of car does not account for one hundred percent of new car sales. Not yet anyway. In fact, the number of new electric cars fell in the month of May. It is the first time in a very long time in Norway. Read more about it here.

Meanwhile, sales elsewhere continue to progress tepidly. And in some places it even plummets. After Germany removed support for electric cars to patch holes in the state coffers, the drivers have disappeared. Most recently, sales of new electric cars fell by 31 percent in Europe's largest car market.

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