Interview: Finnish Love with Biofuels May Lead to Wrong Choices in Transport: Expert
(XinhuaNet) Finnish love with biofuels as a key approach to reduce emissions has made the Nordic country one of the least active Western European countries to prepare for the arrival of electric car era, an expert said on Wednesday.
Pekka Leviakangas, senior researcher at the Technology Research Centre, VTT told Xinhua that Finland’s relatively low auto emission compared with other nations has also contributed to the slowness.
As electric cars are expensive for the time being, the Finnish efforts to curb emissions are likely to be concentrating partially on encouraging the transition to use biofuels. And the ratio remains open.
In France, it was decided in June that petrol and diesel powered cars could not be sold after 2040.
Annual sales of electric private cars in Finland remain at the level of a few hundreds, and their users have complained about the need to plan long haul journeys with a view to the availability of electricity. And electric buses are mainly in city commuter services.
For Finland, the road transport is also an issue related to taxation. Fuel taxation is a major source of public income.
Leviakangas believed taxation could in some way be switched to electric cars. “It could either be kilometer based usage fees or taxation levied on using energy.” READ MORE