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Norway wants to ban gas-powered car sales by 2025

Published Jun 6th, 2016 7:15AM EDT

Norway may very well be one of the largest oil exporters in the world – thus, directly interested in the success of gas-powered cars – but the country apparently agreed to ban sales of gas cars by 2025.

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Norway isn’t the first country looking to replace gas cars with electric vehicle, but it seems the Scandinavian country is willing to do it faster than others. According to local newspaper Dagens Naeringsliv, the four main political parties of the country have been discussing the move for some time, but they were only able to reach a mutual understanding now. However, only two of the parties confirmed that an agreement has been reached, while two others said they’re still negotiating the terms of such a deal, Aftenposten says.

As Electrek reports, 24% of the new vehicles sold in Norway are electric cars. Norway’s aggressive plan to end sales of new gas cars in less than a decade seems feasible given the fact that electric vehicles are already quite popular with buyers.

Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk already congratulated Norway on Twitter, even though there’s no law making new gas-powered car purchases illegal by 2025.

India and The Netherlands are two other countries looking to replace gas-powered cars with electric vehicles. India is eying 2030 as a potential start for such a policy, while the Dutch parliament is looking at 2025 as well.

Tesla may be the most important electric car maker today, but by 2025 it’s very likely that most of its competitors will offer buyers electric models of their own.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.