In BriefA number of countries are miles ahead of the United States in boosting the adoption of electric vehicles. Many countries are even moving to end the sale of traditional fossil fuel burning vehicles in the coming decades.
The US lags behind other countries when it comes to putting policies in place that will encourage electric vehicle adoption.
Some states, like California, are doing their part to set up an infrastructure to support battery-powered vehicles and get gas-powered cars off the road. But the US has yet to pass comprehensive policies aimed at lowering transportation-related fuel emissions.
We rounded up the countries that are taking initiative — scroll down for a closer look:
Norway will only sell electric and hybrid vehicles starting in 2030.
Norway is the most progressive country when it comes to electrification. Electric and hybrid cars accounted for 28% of Norway’s market share in 2016, according to a 2017 report from the International Energy Agency (IEA).
The Netherlands said it will only sell electrified vehicles starting in 2025.
The Netherlands have also pushed electric vehicle adoption. Electric and hybrid cars accounted for 6% of the Netherlands market share in 2016, according to the IEA report.
India has ambitious goals for electrification, saying it will only sell electric and hybrid vehicles starting in 2030.
India has yet to build out an infrastructure to support battery-powered vehicles, which is why they only account for a tiny (less than 1%) market share.
China has said it will eventually only sell electric and hybrid vehicles, but has yet to set a concrete timeline.
China is the largest producer of plug-in electric cars in the world. In fact, the country accounted for more than 40% of all electric cars sold worldwide in 2016.
Electric and hybrid vehicles accounted for 1.4% of China’s market share in 2016, according to the IEA report.
The United Kingdom said it will ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars starting in 2040.
Electric vehicles accounted for 1.4% of the UK’s vehicle market share in 2016, according to the report.
France has said it will ban the sale of gas and diesel cars by 2040, with the aim of being carbon neutral by 2050.
Paris plans to begin phasing out the vehicles starting in 2030. Electric and hybrid vehicles accounted for 1.4% of France’s personal vehicle market share in 2016, according to the IEA.
Cities like Barcelona, Copenhagen, and Vancouver all plan to ban gas- and diesel-powered cars by 2030.
Although some countries haven’t released comprehensive bans of the vehicles, some mayors are taking initiative to ban gas- and diesel-powered cars from their city centers. Some cities, including a few in the United States, have jumped on board with that promise.
Copenhagen, the most bike-friendly city in the world, is working on an aggressive timeline. It plans to ban all diesel-powered cars starting in 2019.
The mayors of Los Angeles, Mexico City, Seattle, Barcelona, Vancouver, Milan, Quito, Cape Town, and Auckland pledged on Monday to ban gas- and diesel-powered cars from “large parts” of their cities by 2030.