Netherlands, India aim to become 100% Electric Vehicle Nations

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Shortly after the Indian government announced that it was working on a scheme to provide electric cars on zero down payment, to have 100% electric vehicles in the country of more than 1.2 billion people by 2030, the lower house of Dutch parliament supported a motion to no longer allow sales of new petrol and diesel cars from 2025.

Indian Power Minister Piyush Goyal made his intention clear at an event:

“India can become the first country of its size which will run 100 per cent of electric vehicles. We are trying to make this program self financing. We don’t need one rupee support from the government. We don’t need one rupee investment from the people of India. We are working (on the scheme). Can we actually give electric car for free (zero down payment) and people can pay for that out of the savings on the petroleum products. Innovation is possible; it just needs an open mind. You need to think of scale and be honest.”

However, both programs are ambitious, to say the least. If 9.6% of cars bought in 2015 in Netherlands were powered by electricity, eco-friendly electric vehicles occupied less than 2% of the Indian market.

Moreover, the Labor Party’s aim to make available only sustainable, zero-emission cars in less than 10 years from now, has met with stiff opposition. Although electric car sales are on the rise in the Netherlands, not all parliamentarians are happy with the ambitious plan, which the government claims is completely feasible.

The NL Times reports:

Coalition partner VVD finds the motion overambitious and unrealistic. VVD Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs thinks that at most 15 percent of all sold cars can be completely electric in 2025. Party leader Halbe Zijlstra thinks the plan contradicts the Energy Agreement. “It seems crazy to get this plan to work. I think we’ll have to withdraw from the Energy Agreement,” he said.

Even though electric cars only accounted for 450,000 of the 80 million cars sold around the world in 2015, a new Bloomberg report estimates that at least one-third of the cars sold by 2040 will run on electricity.

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