February 5

It Begins: Ethiopia Set to Become First Country to Ban Internal Combustion Cars

By Jo Borrás

Ethiopia spent nearly $6 billion to import fossil fuels last year — with more than half of that spending going to fuel vehicles. In response, Ethiopia’s Transport and Logistics Ministries have announced that automobiles cannot enter Ethiopia, unless they are electric. (!)

Last February, the European Union approved a law that would ban the sale of combustion engine cars in its member states from 2035 — joining several US statesCanadaJapan, Singapore, India, New Zealand, and a number of other nations with similar bans already on the books (see chart, below). Ethiopia, however, isn’t waiting for 2035.

Photo courtesy of ITDP Africa.

Source: Electrek (link opens in a new window)

Technology, Transportation
electric vehicles, renewable energy