2016 Bentley Continental GT Speed, First Drive, Oslo, Norway
Despite being a major oil producer, Norway could become the first country to ban the sale of diesel and gasoline cars.
However, there's still a long road to that happening and a recent report that a target date of 2025 had been set has turned out to be inaccurate.
Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv reported on Friday that government officials had agreed on ending sales of diesel and gasoline cars by 2025, prompting a number of outlets as well as Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] CEO Elon Musk to pick up the story.
Just heard that Norway will ban new sales of fuel cars in 2025. What an amazingly awesome country. You guys rock!! pic.twitter.com/uAXuBkDYuR— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 3, 2016
However, in a government-issued press release obtained by The Local, officials said there was “no talk of banning the sale of diesel and petrol vehicles in 2025 as one would be led to believe in Dagens Næringsliv.”
Instead, the ban on sales is just one potential measure under consideration for the country to reach certain climate goals to be announced next year as part of a national transport plan.
Of course, Norway is already one of the leading markets for electrified cars thanks to generous incentives for vehicles with low to zero emissions. As reported by Green Car Reports, electric car and plug-in hybrid registrations in Norway totaled 5,102 in March, which represented about 36.7 percent of the total 13,875 registrations for the month.