The Netherlands to Ban New Petrol & Diesel Vehicles by 2030

The Dutch government have stated that they wish to make all new vehicles emission-free by 2030. This will be achieved through a ban on the sales of all new petrol and diesel vehicles.

The eventual ban on petrol and diesel vehicle sales has been under consideration for a while, with the Dutch government discussing ways in which it could be achieved. Petrol and diesel vehicles will still be usable, but all new cars will be electric, meaning that the number of petrol/diesel vehicles will decrease over time.

With less than 2% market share for electric cars and only half a million cars sold every year, the Netherlands has a long way to go before it can achieve this goal. Fortunately, more auto manufacturers are beginning to sell electric and hybrid variations of their signature vehicles, as well as newer, more cost-efficient electric cars.

Tesla’s Model 3 and Nissan’s new Leaf are sure to attract huge sales around Europe, helping the Netherlands to reach its goal sooner. As more countries begin encouraging consumers to buy electric vehicles, we will see a dramatic shift in Europe’s vehicle market. France, Norway and the UK have already listed dates for the eventual ban of petrol and diesel powered vehicles.

Ownership of electric vehicles has increased in the Netherlands. Electric car manufacturer Tesla now dominates the Dutch EV market with over 8,000 vehicles in the country. The Model S and Model X are currently the two most popular electric cars in the Netherlands.