Denmark may be open to financial incentives to buy electric cars after seeing a dramatic drop in sales of non-polluting vehicles, according to Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen. Any new incentives would be announced along with a government plan to boost clean-energy consumption after the summer. Danish sales of electric vehicles have fallen dramatically — from nearly 5,000 in 2015 to around 700 in 2017 — since Rasmussen’s center-right government phased out subsidies such as those offered in Norway and Germany. The development decimated sales of Tesla, whose Model S once dominated the local market. Denmark has no car industry of its own and has one of the highest import duties in the world. With diesel having fallen out of favour across Europe in the wake of the Volkswagen scandal, Denmark is now debating which vehicle types to promote and which to discourage. – Bloomberg

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