It's been discussed by Norway's top four political parties, however an agreement hasn't been reached until now.

According to the latest report from a Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (Paywall), the main four politicial parties have now agreed on a brand new energy policy. A policy that includes a ban on all new gasoline-powered car sales, which is to come into force by 2025. This means Norway might be less than than 10 years away from allowing only zero-emission vehicles to be sold in the country.

At the moment, there isn't a large selection of all-electric vehicles available on the market. However, should the shift towards all-electric driving happen on a worldwide scale (the initiative is there, it's happening in many countries, for example in the Netherlands), more and more e-cars would become available due to greater demand. It is a well known fact that both electric and plug-in vehicles are on the rise in Europe. Already most of the carmakers make or are planning to make a wide(r) range of electric vehicles available in the coming years.

But here's the irony. Norway already is the country with the highest percentage of electric vehicle market at 24 per cent of all new sold vehicles being powered by electric drivetrains. On the other hand, it is at the same time also an important player in producing and exporting oil. In fact, according to Electrek, it is the world's third-largest natural gas exporter, with oil and natural gas representing 39 per cent of Norway's total export value.

Norway hasn't yet officially said its goodbye to gas-powered vehicles, but even Elon Musk tweeted to congratulate the country on their active politics towards a fossil-free future, saying "What an amazingly awesome country. You guys rock!!"

June 6, 2016 Driving photo: Profimedia

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