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Electric vehicles – including self-driving cars – are clearly the future of personal transportation, but the question remains: when does the future begin, exactly? If the Netherlands has its way, we now have an answer. There are moves within the country to ban all petrol and diesel vehicle sales by 2025, meaning only new electric cars would thereafter be approved on Dutch roads – although existing fossil-fuel-based vehicles could continue puttering around until their engines give out.
While it's an extreme proposal, a majority of the lower house in the Dutch parliament supported the motion, meaning there's a chance it could be passed into law. Under the plan
REPORT: DUTCH CITIES LARGELY USE COAL POWER AND NOT SUSTAINABLE ENERGY
Large Dutch cities advocate for sustainability and promises to use more sustainable power, in practice they still largely opt for cheaper coal power, according to a survey done by Dutch newspaper AD.
Many of the Netherlands’ cities will be using power generated with coal plants from providers E.ON and GDF Suez in the coming years, according to the newspaper.
originally posted by: bandersnatch
If Tesla motors gets any better at making batteries, the electric car WILL be a viable alternative to fossil fuel....
I think 200 mi on a charge is standard right now....
The technology for batteries is getting very much better.....
They offer a household sized battery already....
originally posted by: 727Sky
a reply to: Mannegishi
An electric hydrogen fuel cell car/vehicle might do the trick.. However unless a major break through in batteries comes along they are just pissing on a battery charger IMO. Actually many places in Europe where people live in well designed cities a short range electric vehicle would work just fine... Those who live and commute might not be all that happy though. Agenda 21/30 has a goal of putting everyone in super cities if I remember correctly... Might be a good way of starting the move.
originally posted by: Deny Arrogance
They will need to burn a lot more coal to charge those toxic batteries if that's the case.
How much compared to the amount of coal burnt in the process of refining fuel ?
Coal electricity is much more toxic than petroleum burning cars. That is why electric cars are actually worse for the environment in most of the US, particularly the east coast.
originally posted by: ketsuko
Not at all practical in much of the US. The distances most Americans think of as a short day trip would become overnight stays if we were forced into electric cars. Heck, my daily commute becomes an overnight trip.