How Internal Combustion Engines Will Die Out in Eurasia

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Denmark announced a ban on new internal combustion engine cars this month, joining at least 13 other nations now looking to limit ICE sales. The Danish ICE ban will come into effect in 2030 and will prohibit the sale of new fossil-fueled cars.

Announcing the move, Denmark’s Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said: “I’m all for cars, but they shouldn’t ruin the environment.”

By the time the ban comes into force, Denmark should have at least a million electric or hybrid cars on its roads, he said.

The country, which has a population of less than 5.8 million and is aiming to rely on carbon-free electricity by 2050, has seen sales of non-polluting vehicles declining after Rasmussen’s center-right government phased out subsidies, Bloomberg reported. 

Electric vehicle sales dropped from almost 5,000 in 2015 to around 700 last year, prompting the country’s main opposition party to propose the 2030 phaseout point now adopted by the leadership.

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