Danish parliament approves plan to bring at least 775,000 electric cars on roads by 2030
The Parliament of Denmark has approved a plan to bring at least 775,000 electric cars, including hybrids, on roads across the country by 2030 to reduce greenhouse gases of carbon emissions by more than 2 million tons.
The plan to bring at least 775,000 EVs onto the Danish roads is part of a broader plan that aims to bring at least 1 million electric or hybrid vehicles on the roads by the same year. The legislature also approved the plan to secure financing, $407.6 million, by increasing taxes and levies on conventional petrol/diesel-powered vehicles.
Conventional fossil fuel-based vehicles are believed to be responsible for the growing problems of global warming and the resultant climate change. Thus, the fossil fuel-powered vehicles will be taxed depending on how much carbon (CO2) emissions they produce. That will replace the existing mileage-based system.
To encourage the production and adoption of EVs, the government will provide various incentives to producers as well as consumers. The country’s Tax Minister Morten Boedskov said in a statement that the average EV would become significantly cheaper within the next few years.
At present, the Scandinavian country has approximately 2.5 million cars, and just 20,000 of them are powered by electricity.
Denmark is one of eleven European Union (EU) countries that eventually want to eliminate petrol/diesel-powered vehicles by the end of 2030 to help reduce carbon emissions. Denmark, in particular, has an ambitious target to trim down carbon emissions by 70 per cent by that year.
The ambitious plan to phase out fossil fuel-powered vehicles and encourage the production and adoption of EVs largely follows recommendations made by the Danish Climate Council.
Denmark is not the only European country to make efforts to cut carbon emissions. British government recently announced plans to ban fossil fuel-powered vehicles by the year of 2030, five years ahead of its previous target of 2035. It also revealed a plan to boost the use of green hydrogen for central heating, which accounts for around 33 per cent of the country’s carbon emissions as a big majority of British homes use gas boilers.
Separately, Boise City Council in Idaho, US, has approved a new building code that will require every new single-family home with a garage to include a higher voltage circuit so that they could easily install charging stations for their EVs.