norway-electric-cars-incentives-1-740x425Yes it’s true – the Liberal party in Norway are aiming to get rid of all petrol and diesel vehicles on their roads by 2025.  Oh sorry – did you think I meant the Liberal party of Australia?  Seriously?

No the Liberal party in Australia want to power all vehicles with ‘good for humanity’ coal by 2025 to justify the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef, Liverpool Plains etc.

By 2025 of course China’s imports of Aussie coal will be highly diminished and India as an alternative market will be consuming it’s own coal reserves and rapidly expanding solar power.  So Aussies will be expected to be patriotic and convert their vehicles to coal – well we got to keep the coal billionaires in the lifestyles they’re accustomed to after all.  (Excuse the rant please readers but I’m sure you understand the frustration of seeing such visionary politics in Norway while we witness our current government set firmly in reverse).

“By 2025, it is entirely possible to fully eliminate cars that run on diesel and gas, and completely switch to ecological alternatives,” said Liberal Party member Ola Elvestuen, chair of the legislature’s Standing Committee on Energy and the Environment.  Norway has more EVs per capita than any other nation and are positioned to run their EV fleet on virtually 100 percent renewable energy (97% hydro power).

In May 2014, 10.9% of all cars in Norway were electric – one year later than figure had increased to 15.5%.  It is expected that next year about a quarter will be electric and by 2020 half the transport fleet.  Oslo currently bans diesel vehicles from entering the city on certain days of the week with other cities in Norway to follow.  The result of the uptake in EVs has seen a marked improvement in air quality in the cities.

Ironically the country with its massive sovereign wealth fund has been able to afford generous incentives to EV owners due to the riches generated from it’s oil and gas deposits.  But Norway has committed to reduce it’s greenhouse emissions by 40% (from 1990 levels) over the next fifteen years and to do so they must eliminate the one third emissions created by their transport fleet.

It would have been a nice headline for Australia but (apart from Malcolm) I’m not sure anyone in the current government is even aware that cars can be run on electricity and the idea that they could be run from renewable energy would be abhorrent, anathema, odious, repugnant, offensive – a blight on the landscape!