Soon, you may only see electric cars on Dutch roads, as the Netherlands moves towards a ban on gas and diesel-powered vehicles.

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The ban would apply to new cars sold on Dutch soil, but vehicles purchased before the ban would receive grandfathered status.

Vos: “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.”

That’s Dutch politician Jan Vos, a member of the Labour Party. He says the ambitious ban has passed through his country’s lower parliament and is likely to become law.

It’s slated to take effect in 2025. But Vos says the country can’t realistically enforce the ban until driving electric is feasible for all consumers. That means costs must come down.

Vos: “Transportation with your own car shouldn’t be something that only rich people can afford.”

Jan Vos
Jan Vos

Meanwhile, battery technology needs improvement, so drivers can confidently get where they need to go without running out of charge. Vos says the Netherlands can also pave the way for the ban by increasing the number of charging stations around the country.

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It will take innovation and legislation, but one day we may see nothing but electric cars on Holland’s roads.

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