Copenhagen: In a bid to reduce air pollution, Denmark has proposed a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel-fuelled vehicles from 2030 and hybrid cars from 2035. To combat climate change and promote electric-only vehicles, the Denmark government has announced the ban of fuel-run vehicles.

Denmark Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen confirmed in his parliamentary opening speech on Tuesday that his government would seek to stop sales of fuel-driven cars by 2030. The Rasmussen-led government which was earlier under fire for increasing tax on electric cars in 2016, aims to increase the number of electric-run vehicles and set an example for a larger number of countries.

Sending sales down from more than 3 per cent of all new cars to almost zero, the Danish Prime Minister has pledged to make sure that the plan to make petrol and diesel vehicles extinct becomes a reality.

“It is a big ambition that will be hard to achieve. But that’s exactly why we need to try, “Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen told parliament this October 2. The plan requires parliamentary approval to become law and will be presented to parliament next week.

While Britain and France have both pledged to ban new petrol and diesel cars from 2040, in Sweden sales of electric cars, make up more than 7 per cent of all new car sales while more than half of all new cars in Norway are electric or hybrid vehicles.

Global carmakers are scrambling to adapt to the brave new world of electric vehicles. “In seventeen years, every single new car in Denmark must be an electric car, a hybrid or some other form of zero-emissions vehicle,” the PM said. Denmark, the cradle of wind power, aims to become fossil fuel-free by 2050.