All cars on Swedish roads set to be oil free by 2030
11 March 2009

Sweden wants to stop using oil to power its cars by 2030 as part of a plan for the country to become completely oil free.

The announcement was made by the Swedish government earlier today as it showed the next stage in its plans to develop all of its energy requirements from alternative sources.

That’s a more relaxed timeframe for an oil-free economy from the original date of 2020, announced in 2006. Now the Swedish government wants its carbon emissions cut by 40 per cent by 2020.

By then half of the country’s energy will come from renewable sources, with many of its cars running on so-called “second-generation” ethanol produced from organic waste such as wood chippings and animal manure. Currently, 85 per cent of Saabs sold in Sweden run on ethanol.

Much of Sweden’s energy already comes from nuclear and renewable power, and domestic heating is supplied by geothermal heat or waste energy generated by industrial processes. But its transport network still relies on oil.

Last year the enterprise minister Maud Olofsson called for a total ban on petrol and diesel cars by 2025, leading to an angry reaction from Saab and Volvo.

Dan Stevens

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Citroën C3 Aircross
    First Drive
    17 October 2017
    It's got funky looks and a charming interior, but it's another small SUV, and another dynamic miss. Numb steering is just one thing keeping it from class best
  • Skoda-Karoq 2.0 TDI 4x4
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Diesel version of Skoda’s junior SUV is unobtrusive and undemanding, but we’d still go for the silkier petrol version of the Karoq
  • Audi Q7 e-tron
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Expensive and flawed but this understated diesel-electric Audi Q7 has a lot to offer
  • Citroën C3
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Is the third gen Citroën C3 ‘fresh and different’ enough to take on its supermini rivals? We spend six months with one to find out
  • BMW X3
    First Drive
    15 October 2017
    A satisfying rework of the X3 that usefully improves its handling, cabin finish, space and connectivity to make this BMW a class front-runner again