The world is getting ready to shift to the electric mobility paradigm – whether we like it or not, with authorities all around the world preparing to ban new car sales of internal combustion engine-powered models in the years to come.
The latest to impose a timeline for the extinction of traditional gas and diesel cars are the city of Paris and the entire country of Holland. According to French local authorities, Paris has decided to cease all internal combustion engine-powered vehicle sales by 2030, looking to become a carbon-neutral city by 2050. The city hall has announced the plan during a climate forum earlier this week but hasn’t formally voted on its adoption. “Transport is one of the main greenhouse gas producers… so we are planning an exit from combustion engine vehicles, or fossil-energy vehicles, by 2030,” commented Christophe Nadjovski, an official. The Paris area will become diesel-free even faster, from 2024, while the general government has promised to cease ICE sales in the country by 2040.
In related news, the British city Oxford is becoming the first city in the country to restrict access of ICE cars from the city center from 2020, effectively creating a “zero-emission zone.” The Netherlands is also focusing on zero emission transportation with the introduction of a new long-term strategy by the Dutch government. Under its view, all new gas and diesel passenger car sales will cease by 2030 through the introduction of a requirement for zero emissions. The authorities are looking to drop overall emissions by 49 percent in 2030, use four billion euros to promote the transition and also invest 100 million euro more into bicycle infrastructure.