Sweden to ban sales of fossil-fuel powered cars by 2030


Sweden is saying goodbye to cars with internal combustion engines. Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has now declared that no new cars with diesel or petrol engines will be sold after 2030.

Clearly, Scandinavia is stepping up when it comes to transport transition off fossil fuels. Norway, which is so far the only country ever to have an EV-registration quota of around 50 per cent, has aimed even higher, with no new cars with combustion engines to be on the market in 2025. Denmark has drawn up corresponding plans for the year 2030, as Sweden has now done.

But it is not just Nordic countries that are managing the change. Greenpeace transport expert Marion Tiemann pointed out that Sweden is now the tenth country to have set such a concrete phase-out date, and that larger nations such as Great Britain and France are also among them. The latter however angle toward ICE bans no sooner than by 2040 – for the time being.

Tiemann pointed out that Germany, home to a large portion of the world’s automakers, was lagging behind since German Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU), has yet to present concrete transition goals. “It is clear that without a phase-out date for diesel and gasoline engines he will not be able to meet climate targets,” Tiemann believes.

Her thoughts were echoed by the expert body NPM just a few days ago. The ‘National Platform for Future of Mobility’ urged the German government to introduce mandatory sales quotas for electric cars and plug-in hybrids of 25 per cent in 2025 and 50% in 2030. The experts also called for a general speed limit of 130 kph on motorways and increased taxation of petrol and diesel, which in turn could finance subsidies of 8,000 euros for the purchasers of electric cars. Already the proposed speed limit on motorways has been met with opposition. The federal transport ministry itself could be heard on Twitter considering the cap “neither socially nor economically responsible” – an astonishing reaction to something that other countries regard as effective climate protection. So, an ICE ban seems a long way away in “Autoland”.


Additional reporting by Nora Manthey.


about „Sweden to ban sales of fossil-fuel powered cars by 2030“
Anders Ödahl
23.01.2019 um 11:10
What the new Swedish government under prime minister Stefan Löfven have said is that it will investigate a possible ban of selling new diesel and petrol cars after 2030. This is one of the requirements from the coalition partner Green Party (MP) for being a part of and supporting the minority government. So, the declaration "that no new cars with diesel or petrol engines will be sold after 2030" is not done.
Randal Love
10.09.2020 um 11:05
This is great move to ban new fossil burning cars by 2030, we have we waited too long to do this already, real progress is so slow in this world! Stand for the truth in all things - the liquid fossil fuel burning process is seriously flawed and fraudulent, and frequent emission control manipulation a sad joke; its time to end the decades of lies and deception for good!
04.11.2021 um 15:11
Yeah except that all your amazing electric cars create tons of waste and pollution in other areas with how they create the batteries. They're not making the world better they're just changing how they damage it.Oh, and where are you going to get your electricity from? There's not enough wind or water electric generation facilities around so electric companies are still burning fossil fuels to generate the power to charge your "green" car.
Alex K
26.09.2021 um 13:17
They'd better start putting out electric charging stations and supporting companies that do before they ban them. A lot of people would like to have an electric car if they could afford one but nobody wants one if they can't charge it when away from home.

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